In a time when travel is at a standstill the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants to shine a light on the huge impact tourism and hospitality has on the local economy and community. The Athens CVB will join the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week May 3 – May 9 to provide engaging and uplifting content related to travel in Athens and the tourism industry. Mayor Kelly Girtz has declared the week National Travel and Tourism Week in Athens-Clarke County and has issued a proclamation urging citizens to recognize the critical role the tourism industry plays in Athens-Clarke County.

Travel and tourism is a key industry that provides significant economic benefits for the nation, generating more than $2.6 trillion in economic output last year, with $1.1 trillion spent directly by travelers in the U.S. For the city of Athens, in 2018, tourist spending accounted for $330.5 million and the industry put 2,973 people to work every day.

“Travel plays a vital role in our community and during these unprecedented times, we are hoping to shine a light on the 2,973 Athenians who serve the tourism and hospitality industry in our community.” CVB Director Katie Williams said. “We look forward to getting people back to work and welcoming visitors to Athens again soon.”

During National Travel and Tourism Week the Athens CVB will host an interactive Bingo game, support local restaurants on Take-Out Tuesday and encourage residents to experience Athens online,

In these unprecedented times, the Athens CVB will continue to provide engaging and inspiring content using #SpiritofTravel and #ExperienceAthensOnline. The CVB encourages everyone who loves Athens and its hospitality community to join the fun by following @VisitAthensGA on Facebook and Instagram and online at



Katie Williams, Athens CVB Director