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Dawson County

Office of Tourism


Phone: (706) 265-6278

Fax: (706) 265-6279

44 Commerce Drive

Dawsonville, GA 30534

Press Release

Governor Deal Recognizes Dawson County Tourism Achievements

Dawsonville, September 8, 2014: On September 5th, Governor Nathan Deal presented the Dawson County Office of Tourism Development, along with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau and the Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives in recognition of the “Mansions, Moonshine and Gold Mines” promotion that was created for group tour operators.

The awards ceremony was held in Augusta during the annual Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference which brings together tourism professionals from across the state for professional development and to learn about growing trends in tourism marketing and collaboration opportunities.

“The best and brightest tourism professionals, organizations and initiatives are awarded each year at the Governor’s Tourism Conference,” states the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference website. The Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives specifically “recognizes the entity that demonstrates an effective and unique marketing initiative. Given in memory of Senator Paul Broun of Athens who was a huge supporter of tourism and who played a vital role in the development and appropriations of tourism funding.”

The “Mansions, Moonshine, and Gold Mines” itinerary was created through a collaboration of tourism professionals from Roswell, Dawsonville, and Dahlonega. The three unique communities showcase the history, culture and hospitality sought by potential visitors and bus tour operators. The itinerary is flexible and allows visitors to see a wealth of attractions in three days. Potential Dawsonville attractions include Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, and Atlanta Motorsports Park. Depending on the time of year, the length of the tour, and the interests of the tour group, additional attractions may be added.

“We were extremely proud to be nominated and chosen to receive this award from Governor Deal and Georgia’s tourism industry,” said Dawson County Office of Tourism Development President, Christie Haynes, “This collaboration has increased awareness of visitor opportunities in all three communities and has shown the tremendous value that can come from working with other communities to promote tourism.”


The group that received recognition at the awards ceremony included Diane Stone from the Roswell CVB, Jay Markwalter from the Dahlonega Chamber and Visitors Bureau, and Christie Haynes from the Dawson County Office of Tourism Development. Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr presented the awards.

“Not only is the tourism industry a huge part of our department’s integrated approach to economic development, but it is one of the state’s strongest assets,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our tourism professionals are vital to the success of this industry – it was an honor to present awards to these deserving individuals and tourism entities.

The Dawson County Office of Tourism Development markets more than 40 local accommodations, attractions, and restaurants and represents a greater than $40 million local industry. The purpose of the organization is to attract visitors to Dawson County in order to achieve increased investment in the local economy. Located just north of the intersection of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, the Office of Tourism Development provides a Welcome Center and visitor information to visitors and local citizens. To plan a trip or learn more about tourism in Dawson County, please visit

Additional information about the Mansions, Moonshine, and Goldmines Tour can be found by visiting:
More information about the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference can be found by visiting:
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