Georgia tourism conference opens at Augusta Convention Center

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 2:18 PM
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More than 500 travel professionals from across the state will gather Wednesday at the Augusta Convention Center for the annual three-day Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference.

During the conference, participants will learn about tools, tips and information to help them market their destinations, hotels and attractions from an array of expert speakers, according to a news release.

Exhibitors will provide information about their products and services. The convention and visitors bureaus for Augusta and Columbia County are working together to hold a modern spin on an old-fashioned “lock party” at Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, Stan Byrdy, an Augusta author and sports historian, will be the keynote speaker at the Leadership Luncheon. In the evening, participants will take trolleys for a dine-around featuring some of Augusta’s locally owned restaurants downtown and at Surrey Center shopping center.

Friday’s closing breakfast will feature a keynote address from Gov. Nathan Deal. For more information about the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, visit www.georgiagtc.com.

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countyman
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countyman 09/02/14 - 04:47 pm
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Excellent..

Good things happen when you invest back into the city.. Augusta can even bring great change to the surrounding counties(Savannah Rapids Pavillion hosting event during the conference)..

The redevelopment of Regency Mall, green space/park on Washington rd, multi-use facility downtown, Riverwalk(increased vendors expanded play ground, zip lines, more concerts at the amphitheater, more artist using the river stage), water park in South Augusta, urban park in the Augusta Exchange near I-20, multi-modal transportation center, etc will bring additional funds into the city..

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Pops 09/02/14 - 07:16 pm
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Also the relocation of The White House,

the Pentagon and the Washington Monument to Peach Orchard Rd. When all of this happens, Augusta_Richmond County will be booming.......

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/02/14 - 07:28 pm
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Pops...don't forget Mt.

Pops...don't forget Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and Lake Tahoe...

And of course Martha's Vineyard.. you know so the President will visit..

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corgimom 09/02/14 - 08:30 pm
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Pops. and Gage, oh, stop,

Pops. and Gage, oh, stop, stop, I am dying laughing here! You two are such cards!

But I notice he doesn't talk about outlet malls anymore.

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corgimom 09/02/14 - 08:31 pm
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You look at Gaffney, which is

You look at Gaffney, which is in the middle of nowhere, and they have an outlet mall.

But Augusta couldn't attract retailers.

That gives one pause...

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gargoyle 09/02/14 - 09:13 pm
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I hope they enjoy the

I hope they enjoy the generosity of the Augusta Taxpayers providing the palatal digs .And I hope they start hosting larger gatherings and more of them or the numbers will be dismal on the return on investment . The numbers so far might have favored the Fort Discovery option , come to think of it any of the old convention centers would have handled those numbers.

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countyman 09/02/14 - 09:28 pm
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The new Holiday Inn Express

The new Holiday Inn Express opened in March and represents an $8 million investment.. Many new businesses have opened near the TEE Center recently(Craft & Vine, Sprint Metro Market, Brown Bag Cafe, Whiskey Bar, etc)..

The Hampton Inn(Hilton)opened in South Augusta on Gordon Hwy in late 2013 and the Red Roof Inn is undergoing an major renovation project.. The Residence Inn by Marriott in the Augusta Exchange and the Hampton Inn & Suites in West Augusta off Washington rd/I-20(replacing the existing Hampton Inn) are both under construction.. Half of the Master's Economy Inn on Washington road is under renovation and the other portion of the hotel will be demolished and rebuilt(new hotel)..

The ESI Ironman(5,000 to 6,000) and Technet conference(2,000) are being held at the TEE Center this month....

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/02/14 - 09:35 pm
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8 Story Hyatt in the CBD

I keep hearing of this Hyatt in the CBD... alas no mention of it on the website... can't find it on Google Earth....

Surely this is a mistake... wait a minute... maybe they are building it in North Augusta?

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GnipGnop 09/03/14 - 11:08 am
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What do a few more

Hotels offer to everyday residents? Taxes are still increased and let's face it. These motels are after one thing. Masters money. I keep hearing you talk about regency mall but here it has sat for years, empty and getting a huge tax break while normal working people get their taxes raised. Maybe they can put a 5 guys outlet burger place there?

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