06-01-07 Member Memo
Date: June 01, 2007
Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a FAM tour (student market Tour Operators) - June 14-16. On Sunday June 16 - Hard Rock will provide a mini-trade show in our new velvet underground venue. The cost is $75.00 (AMTA members and $100.00 for NON-AMTA members) The cost will include a reception at the Hard Rock on June 14, breakfast before the trade-show on Sunday and a 6 foot table w/linen and skirted for your sales collateral. If you're unable to attend, goodies for give-a-ways and goodie bags are welcome! Please e-mail Jodi O'Gara at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table, or call her at 404-688-7625 ext. 25 with any questions.
Hard Rock Cafe International | 6100 Old Park Lane | Orlando, FL 32835
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State of Georgia names new Tourism Commissioner
Charlie Gatlin to lead state’s tourism and marketing initiatives
ATLANTA, May 28, 2007 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that Charlie Gatlin will assume leadership of the state’s Tourism Division as Deputy Commissioner for Tourism and Marketing. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Charlie is the right person to lead our mission to establish Georgia as the finest travel destination in the country, and I am very pleased he has accepted this new responsibility,” said GDEcD Commissioner Ken Stewart. “His leadership skills and solid track record in relationship-building have served the state well, and are among the qualities we value most highly in our continued collaboration with our tourism partners around Georgia. I look forward to working with him as we explore new ways to promote Georgia by implementing the synergies between marketing and tourism.”
Gatlin will remain as executive director of the Georgia Allies, a public-private marketing partnership of 15 statewide economic development organizations that markets Georgia to select target industry sectors.
Charlie Gatlin joined the department in 1990. His previous positions with GDEcD have included deputy commissioner for external affairs, chief of staff, deputy commissioner for business recruitment and retention, and director of marketing. As an economic developer, he has been a part of the tourism world both at GDEcD and in previous positions with the communities of Albany, Athens, Rome and Macon. Before entering the field of economic development, Gatlin was an administration and training officer in the U.S. Air Force and a mortgage banker.
Gatlin is a Certified Economic Developer (CED) and is a past president and board member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), which recognized him in 2002 with a Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence. He is an active member of several national, regional and state economic development organizations.
A native of Albany, Georgia, Gatlin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. He has completed both the six-year and three-year graduate programs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institutes for Organization Management, and he is a licensed realtor. He is married to the former Cathy Tidwell of Macon and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, video and music projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. For more information, visit www.georgia.org.
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Senior Communications Specialist
Georgia Department of Economic Development
75 5th Street, NW, Ste. 1200
Atlanta, GA 30308
AMTA Days at the Georgia Visitor Information Centers
From our AMTA Sales Committee… Comes an opportunity to promote at various Georgia Visitor Information Centers !!
Please join us at one or more of the AMTA Days that we have scheduled at the State Visitor Information Centers. We will have a table with AMTA Guides and give-a-ways in order to promote the Atlanta Metro area. We invite you to bring your brochures and promotional items to encourage visitation to your attraction and/or overnight stays at your properties. This is a free event and all AMTA members are invited to join us! (Only current, paid members will be allowed to participate.)
We will have the booth manned from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
If you will be attending, please contact Candice Coco with the Alpharetta CVB at 678-297-2811 or via email at Candice@awesomealpharetta.com
- Tallapoosa Visitor Center
Friday June 8, 2007
I-20 East, GA/AL Line (Haralson County)
Tallapoosa, GA 30176
- Lavonia Visitor Center
Friday June 22, 2007
938 County Road 84 (Franklin County)
Lavonia, GA 30553
Anyone who is interesting in attending to send me an email letting me know which AMTA Day they would like to attend. Thank you for your help.
Group Sales Market Manager
Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau
3060 Royal Blvd. South ,Ste 145
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Direct # 678.297.2811
Toll Free # 877.202.5961
Georgia On My Mind Days:
Here are the dates for the "Georgia On My Mind" Days at the Visitor Information Centers. You can go for the day, set up a booth on your destination or attractions and talk to all the visitors and the Visitor Center Staff.
- Plains Visitor Center June 2, 2007
- Tallapoosa Visitor Center June 7, 2007
- Ringgold Visitor Center June 8, 2007
- West Point Visitor Center June 29, 2007
- Augusta Visitor Center July 6, 2007
Atlanta Metro Regional Tourism Rep
Georgia Department of Economic Development
June 6 AMTA meeting will be held in The Event Loft at Underground Atlanta. It is a panel entitled “What’s New Downtown?” and features three speakers including Amanda Rhein of the Atlanta Downtown Development Authority, Doug Shipman, Executive Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, and Wilma Sothern, Marketing Director of Central Atlanta Progress. Directions Below:
Directions to Underground Atlanta
FROM INTERSTATE 75/85 SOUTHBOUND
EXIT #248A (MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DRIVE/STATE CAPITOL)(formerly #93)
TURN RIGHT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DRIVE
PARKING GARAGES 4 BLOCKS ON THE RIGHT BETWEEN CENTRAL & PRYOR STREETS
AND PRYOR AND PEACHTREE STREETS.
FROM INTERSTATE 75/85 NORTHBOUND
EXIT #246 (FULTON STREET/CENTRAL AVENUE) (formerly #91)
FOLLOW CENTRAL AVENUE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DRIVE; TURN LEFT, PARKING GARAGES ON RIGHT.
FROM INTERSTATE 20 EASTBOUND
EXIT #56B (WINDSOR STREET/SPRING STREET/STADIUM) (formerly #22)
GO TO THIRD LIGHT; TURN LEFT ON CENTRAL
STAY ON CENTRAL TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.DRIVE; TURN LEFT, GARAGES
IMMEDIATELY ON RIGHT.
FROM INTERSTATE 20 WESTBOUND
EXIT #58 (CAPITOL AVENUE) (formerly #24)
TURN RIGHT ON CAPITOL TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DRIVE
TURN LEFT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DRIVE GARAGES 2 BLOCKS ON RIGHT.
IF YOU ARE COMING TO UNDERGROUND ATLANTA, GET OFF AT FIVE POINTS STATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MARTA, PLEASE VISIT http://www.itsmarta.com/
DIRECTIONS TO EVENT LOFT:
From Parking Deck A (b/w Central & Pryor): Take elevator to Level 3. Walk across bridge to Underground Atlanta. Take elevator to top floor. Event Loft located to your left.
From Parking Deck B (b/w Pryor & Peachtree): Take elevator to Level 1 (Underground Atlanta). Cross Ponder's Alley to Kenny's Alley. Walk into Kenny's Alley (outdoor restaurant/club area) to elevator past Irish Bred and Pub. Take elevator to top floor. Event Loft located to your left.
From Marta: Follow signs to Underground Atlanta, pass through MARTA tunnel. Follow Lower Alabama Street to Information Booth/Food Court. Take escalators up one level. Event Loft entrance will be to the left of candle shop.
Information Booth: 404.523.2311 x. 7019