We at DeKalb Tourism wish each of you a happy and blessed New Year.
Last year was a banner year for tourism in DeKalb County. We enjoyed double digit growth in the number of visitors and the amount of dollars they spent on lodging. Tourism provides valuable tax revenue to our county and all of our cities.
In 2017 we are very hopeful to have an equally good year. Long term forecast from the U.S. Travel Association is calling for a good year, but forecasts show less growth than 2016. There are a lot of variables that can change that run parallel to the overall economy and the cost of petroleum. Worldwide and U.S. politics also play a role. People travel more if they feel secure in their jobs and if the overall economy is doing well. Visitors love our area and many of our guests are return visitors. We have established a large following of return visitors from nearby metro areas who love to come for a get-a-way weekend to relax, enjoy our parks and our scenic drives, hikes and our causal friendly environment. We are a low cost place to visit so many people will come for multiple weekends during the year.
As the new year progresses, I will use this column as a place to update you on all the things going on in our area and some new ways we are trying to attract visitors.
Whenever you need information about things to see and do in DeKalb we maintain the official calendar of events on our website. Please have a look at