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Downtown Thomasville knows Southern charm

Thousands visit each year to experience Thomasville's southern hospitality.

“You wouldn’t believe it. People always come in the visitors center and say, ‘Are people always this nice?’ We say yes they are!” Thousands of people come each year to experience the southern hospitality downtown Thomasville has to offer.

According to a new survey released by the state of Georgia, high tourism numbers means big business for Thomasville.

“There is a huge area of growth. More people are discovering Thomasville and coming to it. The tourism industry is absolutely growing every day.”

In 2015, the tourism industry supported more than 600 local jobs and generated $67.6 million in revenue.

“Of course the restaurants see huge growth, any of the merchants in town see people they have never seen before and buying and of course that’s always important.”

Tourism impact in downtown Thomasville

Hayes says that the impact of tourism in Thomas County also means that tax dollars are generated which helps to improve the community.

“When our visitors come into to town and spend money with us, it helps to offset the tax amounts that we Georgians, Thomasvillians, end up paying.”

Statewide, tourism dollars are vital to Georgia’s economy. The tourism industry’s impact on Georgia’s economy in recent years was $59 billion, an increase of 3.2%.

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