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Demographics & Statistics

In 2012, Lumpkin County's tourism industry:

  • Supported 310 jobs
  • Generated $34.88 million in direct tourist spending
  • Created $1.27 million in state tax revenues
  • Generated $1 million in local tax revenues

Each Lumpkin County household received $210.53 in tax relief per household, as a result of the taxes generated by tourism economic activity.

Web & Social Media Analytics (2013)

  • 255,064 Website Visitors to www.dahlonega.org (Domestic and International)
  • Top Countries: US, UK, Canada, Germany
  • Top Visitor Searches: Dahlonega, Gold Rush, Chamber of Commerce, Things To Do, Six Gap Bike Ride, Wineries, Desoto Falls, Restaurants, Gold Museum
  • Top 10 Tourism Website Engagement: 1) What To Do, 2) Where To Stay, 3) Festivals/Gold Rush Days, 4) Where To Dine, 5) Six Gap Bike Ride, 6) What To Do/Wineries & Vineyards, 7) What To Do/Festivals, 8) What To Do/Gold Attractions, 9) Where To Shop, 10) What To Do/Outdoor Adventures
  • 12,000+ Social Media Followers (Domestic and International)

Tourism Impact on Dahlonega-Lumpkin County (Based on 2013 Visitor Data)

  • $288,318 Overnight Accommodations Tax at a 5% Rate (7% Increase in Accommodations (Bed) Tax Collections over 2012)
  • $5,766,379.80 represents lodging revenue from overnight visitors based on bed tax collected
  • 189,132 Walk-in Visitors at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Regional Visitor Information Center (RVIC)
  • 21 Countries, 43 US States and Puerto Rico, and 132 US and International Cities averaging 2.3 People Per Visiting Party signed the Visitors Center Guest Book
  • International Visitors: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kwajalein Atoll Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Africa

Group Visitation (2013)

  • Markets visiting Dahlonega-Lumpkin: University (educational programming and sports events), military, continued education, SMERF, reunion, leisure group tour, wedding, and small conference groups
  • Top Attractors: Dahlonega Gold Museum, Historic Smith House Restaurant, University of North Georgia, weddings at farm wineries, UNG Athletics, Historic Downtown Dahlonega
  • 138 Leisure Group Tour Bus visits with 5,598 passengers
  • Small Conference and Meetings Highlights: Leadership Georgia, GA Department of Economic Development, GA Department of Defense, GA Geologists Society, Southeast Tourism Society

Wedding Industry (2013)

  • 25+ Venues (churches & chapels, event facilities, parks, wineries & vineyards)
  • 55+ Vendors (cakes & candies, catering, florists, transportation, formalwear, salons & spas, officiants, entertainment, restaurants)

Wine Industry (2013)

  • 5 Farm Wineries (3 with regular food service or onsite restaurants and 2 with overnight accommodations)
  • 100 Acres of Fruit / 25,000 cases of wine produced
  • 100,000+ Annual Visitors at wineries
  • 200+ Weddings at wineries
  • 4 Wineries are members of the Wine Growers Association of Georgia (WAG) or Georgia Fine Wine Alliance (GFWA)
  • 1,050+ Visitors from 7 states, 75+ cities for annual Chamber-produced August Wine Trail Weekend
  • 2,000+ Visitors for Spring Wine Highway Weekend produced by WAG
  • All wineries feature full calendars of tastings, tours, live music & entertainment, and various special events

Festivals & Events (2013)

Dahlonega and Lumpkin County is home to numerous popular festivals throughout the year, including a major festival almost every month.

  • March - Dahlonega Literary Festival - Approximately 1,000 attendees in 2013
               - Dahlonega Trail Fest - Approximately 2,500 attendees in 2013
  • April - Bear on the Square - Approximately 40,000 attendees in 2013
  • May - Mountain Flower Fine Arts Festival - Approximately 5,000 attendees in 2013
  • June - Georgia Wine Country Festival
  • July - 4th of July Celebration - Approximately 20,000 attendees in 2013
  • August - Dahlonega Wine Trail - 1,058 attendees from 7 states, 76 cities, and 113 zip codes in 2013 (131% increase over 2012)
  • September - Six Gap Century Bike Ride -2,426 cyclists from 30 states & 4 countries for $1.35 million economic impact in 2013
  • October - Gold Rush Days Festival - Approximately 200,000 attendees in 2013
  • November - Hemlock Fest
  • December - Old Fashioned Christmas - Approximately 15,000 attendees in 2013

Included in this line up of festivals and events are community events that draw our locals and visitors to the community.

  • First Friday Night Concerts - Approximately 5,000 attendees in 2013
  • Appalachian Jams - Approximately 6,500 attendees in 2013
  • Movies Under the Stars - Approximately 3,500 attendees in 2013
  • Farmers Market - Approximately 7,500 attendees in 2013

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