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Written by Matt Davis on May 9, 2018. Posted in News/Weather

This week, May 6th through 12th, is National Travel and Tourism Week.  The purpose of the observation is to encourage locals to become tourists in their own hometowns.  It is also an opportunity for those in the travel and tourism industry to celebrate the value that travel holds for the economy, businesses and personal well-being.  The theme for 2018 is “Then and Now”.

The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism has planned a number of events for this week to highlight the attractions of Rome and Floyd County, including the opening reception for the Georgia’s Rome Photo Exhibition, says Kristi Kent, the director of communications for the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau (and the City of Rome).  The event will be held on Thursday from 5 pm until 6:30 pm at Farrell’s Frame and Design.

Other local highlights of National Travel and Tourism Week will include a Hike through History at Myrtle Hill Cemetery on Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, which is sponsored by the Harbin Clinic, Historic Downtown Rome and the Rome Historic Preservation Commission.  Superstars of Service Awards are being issued this week, and local restaurants are offering special deals to their patrons.  Locals may also take part in the Rome Selfie Tour on social media and enjoy geocaching.

Travel and tourism generates more than four million dollars in tax revenue for the Rome and Floyd County economy, states Kent.

This year’s tourism week marks the 35th anniversary of the congressional resolution in 1983 that established the observation, according to a release from Georgia’s Rome.

For more information about tourism and travel in Rome and Floyd County, or about National Travel and Tourism Week, visit www.romegeorgia.org or call the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau at (706) 295-5576.

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