Tourism conference coming to LaGrange

Published 6:56 pm Thursday, August 30, 2018

The annual Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference is heading to LaGrange.

The conference will be held at Great Wolf Lodge Georgia, with nearly 400 tourism professionals from around the state convening in LaGrange Sept. 9-11, 2019, for three days of education, networking and fun.

According to a press release from the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, the annual conference features a series of educational sessions, special evening events unique to the host community, an address from the current governor of Georgia and presentation of awards to recognize the accomplishments of leaders in the field. In remarks to the 2018 conference in Atlanta, Gov. Nathan Deal applauded the work of tourism professionals across the state and said that visitors from around the world will “be surprised” by what Georgia has to offer.

“Tourism generates significant economic impact, locally and across the state,” said Page Estes, president of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. “Selection of LaGrange as the host city for the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference is a testament to the welcoming environment each of our tourism partners has created for visitors to our community.”

The chamber feels like this a chance to showcase LaGrange. 

“We are delighted that our community was chosen to host this important conference,” said JJ Kuerzi, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber Vice Chair for Tourism. “This will provide an opportunity for us to show off our incredible tourism assets and hospitality partners and create a favorable impression among hundreds of influential leaders in the tourism industry. To echo Gov. Deal’s remarks, I’m certain our visitors will ‘Be Surprised’ by all we have to offer.”

Julie Musselman, conference meeting planner, said many want to see Great Wolf Lodge, so it only made sense to have the conference there. 

“The committee chose to bring the conference to LaGrange and Great Wolf Lodge because we know there are many from across the state who want to experience this fabulous new attraction,” Musselman said. “I was super impressed by the attention to detail and professionalism demonstrated by the staff at Great Wolf during my site evaluation visit. We are very excited about coming to LaGrange and Troup County to experience many of the things happening in the community.’”