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Summit on Georgia’s outdoor recreation business opportunities to be held in Augusta

Economic development and improved community health are the goals of the 2022 Georgia Outdoor Recreation and Trail Summit to be held at the Augusta Convention Center on May 15-16. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 58 percent of Georgians participate in outdoor activities. Georgia’s outdoor recreation generates $27.3 billion in consumer spending and creates 238,000 jobs. The…

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Local CVB director discusses paddling, glamping and attracting visitors

Kayaking to an island of goats and donkeys and camping in an air-conditioned tent with a coffeemaker sound like exotic destination spots. But both can be found within Columbia County. Shelly Blackburn, executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the county’s destination marketing agency, spoke to a group of local real estate agents…

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Destination Augusta CEO shares strategies for engaging Masters’ guests

When it comes to engaging Masters' guests, sometimes the little things local businesses do can create memorable experiences for those guests, according to Bennish Brown. Brown, President, and CEO of Destination Augusta presented creative strategies businesses can use to attract out-of-town customers for tournament week at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. Local business owners glean tips…

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The historic North Augusta building will become part of the new Gateway Development

North Augusta will be rolling out the red carpet for visitors by converting the old carpet building next to the city’s Municipal Building into a Gateway Development. Brett Brannon, President of Palmetto Peach Development Company, announced his plans to refurbish the former North Augusta Carpet & Wallpaper Shop, located at 210 Georgia Ave. at a news…

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