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2017 is the year of Georgia film

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The recent 2017 Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day at the Capitol in Atlanta didn’t have the added excitement of a snow storm this year. But there was an audible gasp when the Georgia Travel Guide was unveiled in the Rotunda of the state Capitol revealing Ian Somerhalder from the “Vampire Diaries” on the cover. The crowd of tourism industry professionals gathered for the event probably were hoping that the actor/director was going to join Gov. Nathan Deal at the podium, but it was not to be. The image of Somerhalder exemplifies “2017: Year of Georgia Film” as the theme for this year’s travel guide, and was taken at Mystic Grill in Covington, the filming location of the fictional town of Mystic Falls depicted in the film series.

The Georgia Travel Guide is free and full of travel information, and this year provides film-related tourist destinations and events going on throughout the year in the state. Additionally, it features trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and practically everything the traveler needs to discover what Georgia has to offer. Over 700,000 guides have been printed and will also be available at the state’s 12 visitor information centers, local welcome centers, travel and trade shows, and by calling 800-VISITGA. The guide is also available through the state’s tourism website, and will be featured in social media.

Also, when you visit the ExploreGeorgia website, there are opportunities to win movie props and posters; peek behind the scenes and browse through pictures of TV shows and movies filmed in Georgia; and watch trailers of Georgia-made films and shows.

During the travel guide unveiling, Kevin Langston, Georgia Department of Economic Development deputy commissioner for tourism, shared some thoughts. “Georgia has become one of the most sought-after filming locations in the world,” he said. In fact, Deal stated that Georgia is the third-busiest location for filming behind California and New York.

“Visitors come from all over the world to follow in the footsteps of their favorite movie and TV personalities,” Langston said. “Throughout the Year of Georgia Film, we will unveil a number of fun and exciting new ways to experience these locations scattered all over Georgia. Our movie fans are going to love it.”

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the direcor of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at and 478-922-5100.