Georgia's Tourism Community Helps Neighbors in Need

In facing the challenge of COVID-19, destinations across Georgia have been stepping in with creative ways to help healthcare workers, first responders, employees, residents, and others hit hard by the coronavirus. Sharing messages of community pride and optimism while extending generosity and hospitality, Georgia’s destinations show that they always have Georgians on their minds.

Here are a few examples of tourism neighbors helping neighbors around the state.




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Showing community pride in Augusta

A local business owner in Augusta created a campaign to encourage community spending called “Reunion.” They are giving away shirts to anyone that provides a $20 receipt from a local restaurant or business.

The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia

Making hand sanitizer in Athens

The Classic Center in Athens turned its facility into a factory to create disinfectant spray and has been able to hire displaced employees.

The Sand Bar on Tybee Island

Helping restaurant employees on Tybee Island

The owners at Sand Bar on Tybee Island removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to unemployed staff.

Everything will be OK mural in Dunwoody, Georgia

Spreading hope in Dunwoody

Dunwoody's iconic "Everything Will Be OK" mural is now available in the form of yard signs sold as a fundraiser to help artists and art teachers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hinesville, Georgia, Farmers Market

Connecting farmers with families in Hinesville

Because the Hinesville farmers market is closed, the Liberty County CVB put together subscription boxes – with fresh produce, honey and soap – for sale.

And those are just a few of the amazing examples from the last few weeks. By focusing on supporting their communities, Georgia tourism businesses are ensuring that when travel resumes, the local restaurants, shops, and experiences that visitors have always loved will continue to thrive and will be ready to welcome back visitors when the time is right.

Published: May 2020