Georgia on my Mind

U.S. state makes list of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World” Destinations for 2017

Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division announced today that Georgia has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s 21 “Best of the World” Destinations for 2017. The highly-coveted annual list was featured in the January 2017 issue of the magazine, which put the spotlight on Georgia’s rich music and live music heritage.

It was perhaps no coincidence that Georgia Tourism proclaimed 2016 the “Year of Georgia Music” and focused its marketing on the state’s rich music heritage, world-class venues and unique festivals. National Geographic Traveler took notice and called Georgia a site for great American music. A few of Georgia’s iconic music destinations noted by the magazine include Macon, Dahlonega, Athens and Atlanta.

“We are thrilled that National Geographic Traveler editors picked Georgia to be featured on this highly-coveted list,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The Year of Georgia Music was a catalyst to bring greater awareness to Georgia as a music destination, and our inclusion in “Best in the World” as a site for great American music will surely attract even more visitors from around the globe.”

According to National Geographic Traveler, the selection process for the sixth annual list was competitive and involved nominations from National Geographic Traveler’s worldwide network of editors, writers, and explorers. The destinations were all chosen by the Traveler editors and fall into one of three categories – Cities, Nature, or Culture. The list includes other notable travel destinations including Finland, Cloud Forests in Ecuador, Moscow and Madrid. For trade show visitors looking to connect with the Georgia Tourism, look out for its booth in hall 15.1, stand 103