Atlanta tourism sees 1 million visitor bump in 2017
Atlanta continues to boost its destination appeal.
Visitation in the city reached 53 million visitors in 2017, William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, said during the group’s annual meeting on April 19. That’s up one million visitors from 2016. And it’s substantially higher than in 2010 when the city welcomed 38 million visitors.
“As good as it’s been, we are still seeing a lot of growth,” Pate told Atlanta Business Chronicle before the annual meeting. “There’s a lot of energy in the city.”
That includes major redevelopment plans in the city center, from a planned expansion of the Georgia Aquarium, the ongoing renovation of Philips Arena, to a massive proposal to remake “The Gulch” into a mixed-use district.
Plus, the Georgia World Congress Center is gearing up for major projects, including a planned 1,010-room convention hotel on its campus.
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