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The Georgia Department of Economic Development has awarded $200,000 in product development agreements to 10 tourism and art entities across the state, including the Downtown Development Authority of Dahlonega.
“Cultural and heritage tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments in today’s travel industry with 80 percent of travelers interested in cultural attractions, destinations and events,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “With the creation of new cultural tourism opportunities across the state, we are able to attract more visitors and create more jobs that will sustain the industry’s economic growth.”
The Tourism Product Development Agreement program was designed to financially support tourism development activities at the local level that produce jobs and support Georgia’s creative economies with an emphasis on local artists and the nonprofit arts industry. The Georgia Department of Economic Development received 73 applications for the 2015 Tourism Product Development program amounting to more than $1 million in requests.
“The Tourism Product Development program gives local communities the resources necessary to support and grow local arts-based tourism assets,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Director Karen Paty. “With this funding, each community is able to increase public access to high quality arts and cultural offerings that bring communities together and attract tourists.”