President of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Honored

Community, Fannin County Chamber

Jan Hackett receives Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award

BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA—SEPTEMBER 2018—President of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, Jan Hackett,

was among the state’s top tourism professionals recognized at the 2018 Georgia Governor’s  Tourism Conference in Atlanta, August 29. Jan received The Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership skills and abilities. The award is given in memory of Larry Allen, who was General Manager of Stone Mountain and exemplified all around friendship, support and leadership in the tourism industry.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by my peers. The thing I do best is surround myself with wonderful and talented people, especially my amazing team at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, our weekend staff, great board members, friends and associates. It has been my privilege and pleasure to come to work every single day since we moved to Blue Ridge and Fannin County,” said Hackett.

Hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB), the annual industry event brought together more than 400 tourism industry professionals from across the state.

“Georgia’s tourism industry is a significant contributor to our economic health, generating a record $63.1 billion in economic impact, and employing more than 460,000 Georgians,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Our tourism industry professionals continue to welcome a record number of visitors to our state each year. I thank them for their dedication to making Georgia a top vacation destination and for ensuring the tourism industry maintains its success well into the future.”

“Communities all across Georgia feel the positive impact that the tourism industry has in our state,” said GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for Tourism Kevin Langston. “As we work to expand our reach in attracting visitors from across the globe, our efforts would not be possible without the contributions of Georgia Tourism team as well our tourism industry partners.”

The Governor’s Tourism Conference provides a platform to educate members of the tourism industry about travel and tourism-related issues on a national and statewide level, focusing on emerging trends as well as ways to reinforce current tourism efforts and future initiatives. The 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference will be hosted by the LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce and held September 8 – 11 at the new Great Wolf Lodge & Conference Center.


About Blue Ridge, GeorgiaSituated about 90 minutes north of Atlanta off Interstate-575, Blue Ridge, Georgia, is all at once, outdoorsy, earthy, upscale, fresh, historical–a collision of opposites resulting in a picture-perfect getaway for crafting memories, whether seeking solitude, uniting family, gathering friends or igniting romance. Upscale cabins dot the landscape offering time in nature and sweeping visitors a million miles away from “real life” while keeping within close proximity the chic shops, restaurants and multi-generational activities that inspire truly great vacations. Hop aboard a train, sink your teeth into sweet, plucked-fresh-from-the-tree apples at local orchards, titillate taste buds with farm-to-table offerings, shop for worthy souvenirs–and wardrobe additions–at chic boutiques, cheat on your diet with sweet treats from the winners of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” and engage the senses at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center. Get back to nature with scenic ventures on the Benton MacKaye Trail, spanning nearly 300 miles through the Appalachian Mountains. Kayak the Toccoa River, boat Lake Blue Ridge or cast a line in the County known as Georgia’s Trout Capital. Year-round festivals and events create a lively downtown scene perfect for catching up with locals, many of whom moved here after discovering a vacation spot too special to leave.

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