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Jan Hackett receives Larry Allen Tourism Leadership Award

Kevin Langston, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for tourism, presents Jan Hackett, president of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, with the 2018 Larry Allen Tourism Award at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, alongside GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson and Rashelle Beasley, president of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Credit: Jode Mull

BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA—SEPT. 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, Aug. 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 Sept. 8 – 11 at the new Great Wolf Lodge & Conference Center.
About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, align workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.