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Tourism & Recreation

Downtown Hotels and Conference Space

Business people, conventioneers, trade show attendees, out-of-town tourists, theatre goers, sports fans and cultural devotees all come downtown for a variety of reasons. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, approximately 1.5 million people visit Augusta every year. Tourist expenditures are greater than $366 million and generate over $11 million in local taxes. Tourism and hospitality related industries account for 5,000 Augusta jobs, a major portion of which are located downtown. Without visitor spending, state and local resident taxes would increase by an average of $380 per household.

Downtown’s 9 hotels, 1,137 rooms, 35 meeting rooms and 72,820 square feet of conference space support downtown’s capacity for large numbers of visitors. Hotel accommodations range from luxury hotels that cater to conventions to the moderately priced that receive mostly tourist traffic.

The economic impact of downtown’s largest events - the Augusta Futurity, Arts in the Hearts, First Friday, National Barrel Horse Association World Championships and the Southern Nationals Drag boat Races - is enormous. The Futurity’s economic impact alone is estimated to exceed $10 million annually, rivaling the Master’s Golf Tournament.


Downtown Area Hotels and Conference Space

 

Rooms

Meeting Rooms

Meeting Room Sq ft.

Hotel

 

 

 

Augusta Civic Center

N/A

Variable

14,500

Azalee Inn

21

N/A

N/A

Comfort Inn Medical

100

1

375

Marriott Suites Augusta Riverwalk

136

1

375

Holiday Inn Express

42

N/A

N/A

Medical Center Inn & Suites

100

N/A

N/A

Partridge Inn

156

6

7,570

Marriott Riverfront

234

22

45,000

Ramada Plaza

200

5

5,000

Regency Inn Augusta

148

N/A

N/A

                        Total

1,137

35

72,820

Attractions and Events

Downtown is home to a variety of visitor attractions ranging from museums and cultural centers to festivals and sporting events. Performing arts centers are evenly split between indoor and outdoor venues, providing year-round access to performances. Major attractions have solidified downtown’s place as a recreational and tourism destination. The continued growth of major events such as the Augusta Futurity, Arts in the Hearts and the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships provides downtown Augusta national and international exposure.


Major Downtown Attractions and Events

Attractions

Annual Attendance

Augusta Canal Interpretive Center & Petersburg Boats

30,000

Augusta Museum of History

45,000

Georgia Golf Hall of Fame

150,000

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

15,000

Fort Discovery/National Science Center

175,000

Lucy Craft Lane Museum of Black History

8,000

Morris Museum of Art

32,000

 

Events

 

Arts in the Hearts

50,000

Augusta Futurity

50,000

First Friday

120,000

National Barrel Horse Association World Championships

35,000

Saturday Market on Broad

16,000

Southern Nationals Drag Boat Races

25,000


Downtown Performing Arts Venues

Location

Capacity

Annual Attendance

 

 

 

Augusta Civic Center – Arena

8,500

Variable

Augusta Civic Center – Bell Auditorium

2,690

Variable

Augusta Common

10,000-15,000

N/A

Imperial Theatre

534

106,935

Jessye Norman Amphitheatre

1,600

6,000



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