Georgia Tourism resources for Hurricane Matthew recovery

Refer to this list of disaster assistance resources from FEMA, GEMA and others.

Georgia Tourism Product Development Assistance

Georgia Tourism products, attractions, sites and businesses that have been directly affected by Hurricane Matthew and need specialized support to reopen are encouraged to reach out to the Georgia Department of Economic Development directly. Each tourism business is unique, so there may be specialized areas of assistance available within your local community.

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Cheryl Hargrove, Georgia Coast Regional Tourism Project Manager

Cindy Eidson, Director of Tourism Product Development

Chris Cannon, Assistant Director of Tourism Product Development


Georgia Tourism Recovery Support and Promotion

Georgia Tourism works hard every day to promote your tourism business to our visitors and help build your local tourism economy. In the recovery days of Hurricane Matthew, we want to provide you extra support as you reopen your business and support your local economy and jobs.

Support from the Georgia Visitor Information Centers

The 12 Georgia Visitor Information Centers actively greet thousands of Georgia visitors every day and provide information on the entire state, including booking hotel rooms and providing information on attractions. As your business reopens, let the VICs know so they may pass along your business information to visitors. Find the complete list of Georgia Visitor Information Centers at:

Complimentary Lobby Display at One of Georgia's 11 Highway Visitor Centers

Tourism communities, attractions and partners along the Georgia Coast that were directly affected by Hurricane Matthew are invited to set up a complimentary display at one of Georgia’s 11 Highway Visitor Centers through the end of 2016 to help rebuild business. Contact the manager of a visitor information center to discuss options for displaying and marketing your tourism business. Find the complete list of Georgia Visitor Information Center Managers at:

Exposure on and Social Media

Communities and businesses are encouraged to submit news releases to be posted on our website. Press releases should provide newsworthy updates for the consumer travel media and offer a story idea that is unique and compelling to your area. All news releases are subject to review and approval. Please email your information, including a photo, to Emily Murray at

Tag your social media updates with @ExploreGeorgia so we can share your most recent information with our audience. You can also send information and/or a link with a hi-res picture to Parker Whidby at so we can post it on social media ASAP. We will be posting a larger portion of coastal content and running dedicated advertising through the rest of the year to help promote tourism in the area.

We also invite our coastal partners to write a guest blog about their destination or attraction and invite our Explorers to the coast to write about trip ideas and events in the region. Email Lindsay Isaacs at for more information.

Make sure your listings on are updated with current hours and offerings. We encourage partners to post deals and events that we can promote through, email newsletters and social media.

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