City of Forsyth creating convention and visitors bureau | News
The city of Forsyth is creating a Convention and Visitors Bureau. The city sent the idea to the legislature and it was approved. Bonnie Barker has owned the Anvil Room in downtown Forsyth for more than a year. She said they typically see around 300 people wining and dining in the restaurant, but she hopes the new visitors bureau will drive that number up. "People that live here, we know what a great town this is. And so we think it will be a good way to let people know more about us and we have new things coming in all the time," Barker said. Nancy McComb, another small business owner in Forsyth, said the visitors bureau will help her growing retail store, High Cotton. "I think that it's gonna bring people in off of the interstate. I think that people that don't know us, about us in Macon, Georgia will come and all of Central Georgia will come around," McComb said. McComb said she hopes the visitors center will also boost Forsyth's economy. Downtown Development Executive Director Loraine Khoury, who heads up the bureau said the project is funded with 40% of the hotel, motel tax. That should add up to about $120,000 a year. "Around 12,000 stop and spend the night out here in the motels. They don't all come to town, we've put restaurant guides, we've put those things in hotel rooms and all but they still don't come. So it's up to us to make it some place they want to come," Khoury said. Khoury said the visitors center will house information about Forysth and all of Georgia. She said visitors will be welcomed with open arms and that southern hospitality the peach state is known for. Now, The City of Forsyth waits for Governor Nathan Deal to sign the charter, but there's no word on when that might happen.