TIFTON – The Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association reported strong traffic in agri-tourism, dining and hotel reservations.
Angela Elder with the tourism association made a presentation to Mayor Julie Smith and the Tifton City Council earlier this month.
Elder said more than 115,000 people travel daily, north and south, through Tifton on Interstate 75.
"That's a lot of people traveling through Tifton and we want to capture their attention or at least pique their interest to want to come back," Elder said.
Currently, the city has 16 hotels for a total of 1,200-plus available rooms and potential of more hotels being added in the next few years, Elder said.
The tourism authority manages information kiosks inside several of the local hotels. Elder said since filming for "Gasoline Alley," the association has had to resupply its brochure coupons and pamphlets weekly.
"It's nice to see that we have to fill those up so often we need to fill those up because it shows we do have traffic coming into our hotels," Elder said.
Local dining has also felt a positive impact from movies filming in the area. Elder said out of the more than 100 restaurants in Tifton, more than 40 are locally owned.
Elder said the association has seen an increase in calls asking for recommendations on local dining and the authority has encouraged callers to try out the local eateries. Elder said she feels like the increase in restaurant traffic will continue to increase.
According to movie producer Alexander Kane, Tifton has more than $100,000,000 in movies lined up to be filmed.
Elder also noted the positive growth in traffic for Tifton's agri-tourism industry including the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Rutland Farms.