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Hurricanes and visitors bureau help Forsyth tourism continue to grow

In the past two years, the tourism industry in Forsyth has grown by 10 percent / Evan Watson (WGXA)

FORSYTH, Ga -- In the past two years, the tourism industry in Forsyth has grown by 10 percent.

Business owners said hurricanes and new marketing strategies mean more people are coming to the city.

Owner of Jonah's and Anvil Room Bonnie Barker said 30 percent of her business comes from out of town. She said Forsyth is becoming a great place to rest between Macon and Atlanta.

Barker also credits the new Convention and Visitors Bureau with helping attract tourism.

"We try to treat them like family when they get here," Barker said. "And a lot of times what people say is they look forward to coming back into Forsyth because people are friendly here. They feel at home. They like the town."

Hurricanes Matthew and Irma helped the hotel industry. Many evacuees stayed in Monroe County to wait out the storm.

One hotel owner said his profits have increased 25 percent compared to a year ago.

In the two years the Convention and Visitors Bureau has worked in the city, the state said the tourism-based ecomomy has grown from $29 million to $32 million.



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