1.9 million people visit Columbus each year.
Travel and tourism generates $38 million in local sales and lodging tax revenue for the city. That revenue saves homeowners over $500 per year.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently announced the record year for tourism in the state, and Columbus is benefiting from tourism just the same. Representatives from VisitColumbusGA attribute a great deal of success of the tourism industry in Columbus to the Chattahoochee River.
VisitColumbusGA President and CEO, Peter Bowden calls the river “an outdoor adventure destination adjacent to an urban core.”
The river revitalization which includes rafting, kayaking and Riverwalk has given new life to the uptown area of Columbus. The Convention and Trade Center provides businesses with a meeting place which in turn brings revenue to hotels, restaurants and retail shops.
Already home to many sports tournaments, Bowden believes the improved Uptown dining and shopping area could complement more sports tourism in the future. Columbus was previously the home to failed sports franchises such as the Catfish (baseball) and Cottonmouths (hockey).
Columbus is a short drive away from 19 counties known as the Presidential Travel Region, making the fountain city a central hub for travel in the area.
In all, tourism had a $346 million economic impact on Columbus in 2017.