City of Douglasville press release
Each year in May, Georgia celebrates Historic Preservation Month and National Travel and Tourism Week. In celebration of both events, the City of Douglasville and Douglasville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will host several activities to showcase Douglasville.
This year’s preservation theme, “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage,” gives the city the opportunity to present the projects and activities its doing to enrich and preserve special places in the community. At a luncheon held on May 7, the Douglasville Historic Preservation Commission will recognize local residents' dedication to and preservation of Douglasville's historic district. The Douglasville CVB will also honor individuals who go above and beyond in promoting Douglasville as a vibrant destination.
“Preserving Douglasville’s heritage—the people, places, and events of its past—helps shape the city's identity and tell its story,” said Community Development Manager Patrice Williams.
Historic preservation is the driving force behind heritage tourism and brings vibrancy and tourist dollars to communities. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, tourism is Georgia’s fifth largest industry and heritage tourism is its fastest-growing segment. To champion the power of travel, the Douglasville CVB will join in the celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, held May 3 - 11. The 2014 National Travel and Tourism Week theme, “Travel Effect,” aligns with the current industry-wide campaign to prove and showcase the benefits of travel.
On Friday May 9, the Douglasville CVB will host an open house inviting the public and members of the travel and tourism industry to visit the Douglasville Welcome Center for light refreshments and socializing. Guests can browse the welcome center for information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities, as well as learn about the Douglasville CVB and the services it provides.
Residents and visitors can also join in Douglasville’s celebration of Historic Preservation Month and National Travel and Tourism Week by getting out and exploring Douglasville.
“There is much to choose from, and the Douglasville CVB is here to help you plan your itinerary,” said Douglasville CVB Sales Manager/Interim Director Kimberly Bridges. “Possible activities could include visiting historic cemeteries, strolling through scenic downtown Douglasville, or discovering local history and culture at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art.”
With Main Street Douglasville’s self-guided walking tour, history buffs can explore Douglasville’s historic commercial architecture and learn about the beginning stages of the city's economic and industrial development. Copies of the walking tour brochure are available at the Douglasville Welcome Center located at 6694 East Broad Street in downtown Douglasville, or can be downloaded online at www.visitdouglasville.com.