Explore GA - 10 Reasons Agristourism Operators Should USe EG
Reasons to Host a Fundraiser on a Farm
5 Tax Related Items You Don't Want to Forget
Keeping Your Social Media Image Fresh



Last month, the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that the state's tourism industry generated a record-breaking $61.1 billion in business sales including direct, indirect and induced impact in 2016, up 3.5 percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. Georgia welcomed a record-breaking 105 million visitors in 2016, an increase of 3 percent, and visitor spending generated more than $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenue in Georgia. 

The numbers are encouraging, showing that leisure travel continues to grow in Georgia, which presents new opportunities for agritourism operators. An increasing number of Georgia visitors are seeking unique travel activities and authentic Southern experiences, and agritourism destinations offer an endless variety of those opportunities. 

If you’re looking for ways to increase visitation at your farm without spending any more money, you can’t pass up the marketing opportunities offered by Georgia Tourism. ExploreGeorgia.org, the state’s consumer website for travel planning, is a free marketing opportunity available to any tourism destination in Georgia, and it’s just the starting point for a whole host of promotion opportunities for your agritourism business. Get connected to Georgia Tourism through ExploreGeorgia.org, and you’ll find at least these 10 ways to boost your business.Read the full article here.


Reasons to host a fundraiser on a farm

Mercier Orchards recently sponsored a fund-raiser on the Farm entitled “Move to the Groove,’ for LUNGevity, the nation's leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit, changing outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education, and support. Almost $20,000 was raised for the event with both sponsor and in-kind sponsors supporting the event.  Four different bands performed and entertained the crowd of over 200 people who enjoyed moving to the groove! View the entire article to see Reasons to host a Fundraiser on a Farm.



Agritourism operators are some of the most entrepreneurial, brain-storming business leaders in creation. You have 

land, a tractor, an imagination the size of Texas, and since most of you only require 3-4 hours of sleep you find a few minutes in the wee hours of the morning to brainstorm. Over the couple of “winter-ish” months we experience in the South many of you may have added different components to your farm, added food retail, or expanded your operation as a whole.

Now spring is in the air, people are flocking to farms and festivals abound. With all the hustle and bustle of the new season, it can be easy to forget the regulatory guidelines all agritourism operations should follow. The following are five reminders of tax regulations for your agritourism operation... View the entire story



Being a business owner means you have to wear many hats: boss, employee, accountant, Human Resources, and perhaps the most important, a marketing expert. In the new digital age, social media has made marketing even easier than ever before and better yet, FREE! The trick for efficient marketing is to create content that your target audience not only finds interesting, but actually encourage engagement. One of the first steps to attracting your ideal client in the 2.5 second scroll on social media is through eye-catching and visually interesting images. View the entire story 

See Sami's PowerPoint from the GA Agritourism Annual Conference!