Atlanta tourism taking a hit

Atlanta is not having a very good week on the tourism front.

First, the Georgia World Congress Center projected it will lose $5.64 million in the next fiscal year.

Now, a new survey says Atlanta is nearly as unpopular as Detroit as a travel destination.

AJC reporter Alyse Knorr writes that a national survey of 3,400 people by Web site TripAdvisor has listed Atlanta as America’s third least-favorite city, ahead of Los Angeles and Detroit.

The poll listed New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston as favorites, Knorr reports.

To be fair, there was a little bit of good news this week.

AJC reporter Leon Stafford wrote that meeting planners gave Atlanta high marks as a convention town, but issues with public safety continue to dog the city.

The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau’s annual survey of meeting planners’ attitudes toward Georgia’s capital finds overall satisfaction inching up slightly in 2008 over the year before — from 88.3 percent to 88.4 percent.

Every little bit counts.

8 comments Add your comment


June 26th, 2009
6:30 am

I understand why. Nothing in Atlanta worth anything except drugs, overcrowding, price gouging, pollution, over inflated egos and crime. No use for Atlanta.


June 26th, 2009
7:21 am

Perhaps if Mayor Shirley spent more time being Mayor rather than travelling at the city’s expense Atlanta would not garner such negative comments. She has no sympathy for Atlanta Police Officers and after her first term being very efficient has turned into another Bill Campbell. So the City is reaping what it sows insofar as tourism.

party pooper

June 26th, 2009
7:45 am

i agree. atlanta sucks

Intown homeowner

June 26th, 2009
7:48 am

Face it – Atlanta is in critical condition. Even the vaunted Aquarium can hardly make money. There is nothing downtown – Dailey’s & City Grill finally gave up. Of course, tourism is down – where do they go – Underground? It is fashionable to crap on the city – especially by those who don’t live here. But it is increasingly apparent the city is failing. I take no pleasure in that. The mayor wants a 42% tax increase. And for what, the under-manned police can’t even protect Tech students in a finite area near the campus? 911 operators react so slowly that a home burns down? The budget director says the new taxes are needed or more workers will lose their jobs. I say if you’re not a policeman, a fireman, or trash collector – get your resume ready.

Don Vlad

June 26th, 2009
8:03 am

what a shame! But not surprising… Watching the local news the one realizes that except killings, burglaries and other crap in Dekalb, South Fulton, Clayton and Henry nothing else is going on in Atlanta. Only crazy adrenaline fanatics would want to visit this crime ridden city.


June 26th, 2009
2:52 pm

Good to see so much Atlanta pride today.


June 27th, 2009
1:30 pm

Atlanta has a bright future ahead. The city should focus on developing and getting more things to do in a the concentrated areas of its two ‘downtowns’. The separation of the two core areas is an issue that hampers the city, but can be overcome. Density of both ‘attractions’ and residential construction is the key, and Atlanta is making huge headway. I moved to Chicago (now #3 most popular destination) more than 25 years ago, and it took a lot of people a lot of hard work to get the city where it is today in terms of tourism friendliness. Cooperation between the suburbs and the city in creating a regional ‘brand’ is also key. The city and suburbs need each other.

Former Resident

June 29th, 2009
12:46 pm

Atlanta needs to actually look at election candidates qualifications instead of color or false promises made to get elected. Elect someone who will runs the city properly, not cut the budgets of the police, fire, etc – the ones who actually help keep the city safe. I don’t see Ms. Franklin and her staff putting away the criminals or putting out building fires – I just see her causing fires. Atlanta needs someone who is proud of Atlanta and makes sure that the city places in the top numbers of places to visit, convention, etc. – not the worst.