Power Breakfast: International travel to Atlanta and Georgia rising, schools, Delta, Aaron’s, Clayton, debt talks

With some much depressing news out there, especially on the going-nowhere debt talks, let’s focus on some good news today.

Efforts to make Atlanta and Georgia an international destination are paying off, both in visits to the metro area and the state, AJC reporter Leon Stafford writes.

In 2010, the number of international travelers to Georgia increased 19 percent while foreigners coming to Atlanta grew a whopping 25 percent, according to figures recently released from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, Stafford reports.

The increase in international visitation is welcome news because tourism is one of the biggest industries in the metro area and the state, employing more than 233,000 in related jobs, including at hotels, restaurants and attractions, Stafford writes.

It also may be a sign of a turnaround for metro Atlanta, which saw visitor spending drop 11 percent in 2009 to $9.8 billion dollars. It had been as high as $11.4 billion in 2006 and 2007, Stafford reports.

“In a challenging economic climate, tourism has been a source of strength as more and more people discover what Georgia has to offer,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement.

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- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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Curtis

July 26th, 2011
8:12 am

This game of chicken has gone on long enough. It’s tiring that the GOP can only say “NO”. They need to end this and do what is right for the country. We need a compromise!

Dumb

July 26th, 2011
10:06 am

Curtis, they did compromise! Obama rejected that plan on Sunday.

Dumb

July 26th, 2011
10:09 am

the AJC wont let me post a link to Rubin’s article in the Post (way to encourage thoughtful discourse, AJC…) but google it. It points out Obama’s falsehoods in his speech as he portrays it as Dem vs GOP when in reality its Obama vs a compromising Dem Senate and Repub House

Fonquiqui

July 26th, 2011
1:46 pm

“Efforts to make Atlanta and Georgia an international destination are paying off,…”

Henry I assume you’re saying this tongue in cheek. Calling metro Atlanta an international destination might be the understatement of the century. Over here in Gwinnett we don’t call our once great county “Gwinnexico” for nuthin.