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Tourism

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Augusta sees Black History Month tourism boost

Today may be the last day of the month of Black History Month and a special Electric Vehicle promotion—but Destination Augusta CEO and President, Bennish Brown thinks the AAA travel troupe saved the best for last! At a news conference at the Augusta Tourism Center’s headquarters, Brown, representatives from the Augusta mayor’s office and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum shared with the AAA how important this unique program is. “AAA is a brand that shouts reliability and they know how to partner with businesses to save money on goods and

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Augusta group grows economy; wins statewide awards

Last week in North Georgia, Destination Augusta took home two awards at the annual tourism convention. Many members were on hand to take home The Bill Hardman Sr. Tourism Champion Award for Product Development, for the concept, funding support, launch, and delivery of the Authentic Augusta Experience collection. “During the development of the Authentic Augusta Experience Collection, Destination Augusta worked with 10 partners through a year-long development process. Partners were equipped with tools for ideation, creation, scripting, and delivery of these novel experiences. Each experience engages all five senses—taste, touch,

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CSRA Community Kicks Off Inaugural Event to Look Forward

The organization working to make North Augusta a community of choice to live, work, and play, is kicking off a new fundraiser. North Augusta Forward has scheduled its inaugural Melodies & Masterpieces event on Feb. 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It will feature chefs from the city’s well-known restaurants, along with music, art, and an auction. Avery Spears-Mahoney, Director of the non-profit organization, told ABD the funds will go toward the organization’s strategic initiatives. She said it is difficult to gauge how much they could bring in with this

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Awards/Celebrations

Experience Augusta celebrates tourism today

Augusta, GA – Destination Augusta, the Augusta Sports Council, and Film Augusta are hosting the 2023 Experience Augusta Annual Tourism Celebration event today at the historic Miller Theater starting at 3:30 p.m. Experience Augusta will celebrate the impact of tourism on our community. Mayor Garnett Johnson will be present to welcome attendees to Experience Augusta. Talk show host and comedian, Poncere Daniels will serve as the Emcee for the celebration, and local band Straw Boss will provide musical entertainment. Attendees will hear from Destination Augusta President/CEO, Bennish Brown and Augusta Sports

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A must-see: Learn about the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance

Hey there, folks! Many of my closest friends know that I am a car enthusiast. Today, I want to take you on a ride to one of the best automotive events on the East Coast – the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance! My love for classic muscle cars and beautiful unique designs like the 57 Chevy Fins, Hilton Head Island this November is the place to be if you share that passion. What sets Hilton Head Island’s Concours d’Elegance apart is its stunning backdrop. The event unfolds amidst the island’s

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Passport backlog jeopardizing travel plans for business and leisure

Summertime is traveling time and if you are venturing abroad, be aware there could be a big hitch in your plans. Whether traveling for business, pleasure, for students involved in international studies, or for church groups visiting other countries for ministry work, the new rules will apply. The standard passport renewal process, which typically takes a few weeks, can now take up to 13 weeks, not counting mail time which could add two or three more weeks. Even expedited service could take up to nine weeks. For a couple of

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Local entrepreneurs to offer luxurious camping experiences

Growing up in small Georgia towns, Jana Murphy and Paige Williams loved camping, which is what inspired them to launch their own glamping business in a local small town. On Sunday, June 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Murphy and Williams will celebrate the grand opening of Untamed Honey Glampsites at Soap Creek Marina and Resort located at 3000 Soap Creek Lodge Road in Lincolnton. Glamping means glamorous camping, which, unlike traditional camping, resembles sleeping in a luxury hotel room with all the conveniences of home, such as beds,

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Airport celebrates Air Show and Masters’ numbers

Members of the Aviation Commission heard the preliminary report on the Augusta Air Show held May 13 and 14. Final attendance numbers are still being tallied, but Bryan Lilley, CEO of AirDotShow which organized the event, called it a very successful inaugural event, with Saturday as the biggest day. “Tens of thousands of attendees inside the airport and over a hundred thousand local residents in the surrounding area we flew over enjoyed the air show,” he said. Destination Augusta is also adding up the final numbers on the air show’s

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Local tourism gets back on track in 2022

Bennish Brown is tired of talking about 2019 because much of what has happened in the local tourism industry in 2022 has been compared to that year. On Tuesday, Brown, CEO of Destination Augusta (in the above photo), along with Augusta Sports Council CEO, Michelle Pippin, presented highlights of the local tourism and hospitality industries at Experience Augusta: The Annual Tourism Celebration Event. “I want to move beyond 2019, but it provides important benchmarks,” he said. This is the first year the event has been held in three years. Brown

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Local agencies to host Augusta tourism event

In April, the Augusta National Golf Club hosted its first full Masters Tournament since 2019, which greatly helped the local tourism industry. Destination Augusta, the Augusta Sports Council, and Film Augusta will host Experience Augusta: An Annual Tourism Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Miller Theater. Destination Augusta President and CEO, Bennish Brown and Augusta Sports Council CEO, Michelle Pippin will discuss the industry’s accomplishments for this year. It’s the first time the annual event has been held since 2019, according to Brown.

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