Golf car tours could be coming downtown; increasing tourism and economic growth
Golf car tours could be coming downtown; increasing tourism and economic growth


BRAD: COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON BEGINS IN AUGUSTA WHERE GOLF CARS MAY BECOME A REGULAR FORM OF TRANSPORTATIO N FOR PEOPLE DOWNTOWN. THE CITY’S CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU IS BEHIND THE IDEA THE CVB SAYS IT WILL BRING AUGUSTA ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A DESTINATION CITY. BRAD: NEWSCHANNEL 6’S SAMANTHA WILLIAMS JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO. SAMANTHA: GOLF CARS ON AUGUSTA’S DOWNTOWN STREETS IS JUST A PIECE OF A PLAN DEVELOPED LAST YEAR, TO CREATE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND INCREASE TOURISM. I TALKED WITH THE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE TASK– ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE GARDEN CITY. JENNIFER BOWEN/ VICE PRES. DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT, AUGUSTA CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU: “VISITORS IN AUGUSTA MEAN DOLLARS.” SAMANTHA: JENNIFER BOWEN AND OTHERS AT AUGUSTA’S CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU ARE WORKING TO TRANSFORM THESE DOWNTOWN STREETS WHILE CATAPULTING ECONOMIC GROWTH. LAST YEAR, THE CVB UNVEILED A 5 TO 10 YEAR MASTER PLAN TO BOOST TOURISM. THE CVB TEAMED WITH THE AUGUSTA ARTS COUNCIL AND THE CITY’S PARKS AND REC. TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. JENNIFER BOWEN/ VICE PRES. DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT, AUGUSTA CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU: “THIS A THREE-LEGGED STOOL FOR AN OVER-ARCHING PLAN CALLED “DESTINATION BLUEPRINT” HAT CONTAINS ARTS, CULTURE, EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND OTHER PRODUCTS TO HELP AUGUSTA BECOME A PLACE VISITORS REALLY WANT TO COME TO.” SAMANTHA: TWO ASPECTSOF “DESTINATION BLUEPRINT” ARE ALREADY IN MOTION:THE PUSH TO MAKE GOLF CAR TOURS LEGAL ON THE GOLF CAR MANUFACTURING CAPITOL’S DOWNTOWN STREETS. JENNIFER BOWEN/ VICE PRES. DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT, AUGUSTA CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU: “IT COULD BE THAT WE DEVELOP A TOUR ABOUT ARTS AND CULTURE. IT COULD BE THAT YOU ACTUALLY TAKE AN ARCHITECTURAL TOUR.” SAMANTHA: THE CITY WILL BENEFIT FROM THE TOURS. BOWEN TELLS US IT WILL INCREASE VISITOR SPENDING. ALSO IN THE WORKS: A NEW VISITOR’S CENTER IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA. THE CVB HAS PURCHASED THIS BUILDING ON BROAD THAT IS SET TO OPEN BY 2019. BOWEN SAYS WE SHOULD SEE OTHER “DESTINATION BLUEPRINT” PROJECTS POP UP IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS… LIKE THE “RIVER DESTINATION CENTER.” JENNIFER BOWEN/ VICE PRES. DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT, AUGUSTA CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU: “IT IS SUGGESTING WE BUILD OUT INTO THE SAVANNAH RIVER WITH AN AREA THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO FINALLY ACCESS THE RIVER.” SAMANTHA: AND EXPANDING THE AUGUSTA COMMON TO THE RIVER, ADDING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ALONGSIDE GREEN SPACE. BUT FOR NOW, BOWEN’S FOCUS IS GOLF CARS. JENNIFER BOWEN/ VICE PRES. DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT, AUGUSTA CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU: “THIS IS WHAT MAKES AUGUSTA UNIQUE. IF YOU SHOULD HOP ON A GOLF CAR OR PTV ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, IT SHOULD BE HERE. AND IT WOULD REALLY CREATE A GREAT EXPERIENCE.” SAMANTHA THE CVB REPORTS VISITORS BRING 523 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE CITY EACH YEAR– THE MOST FROM TRANSPORTATION– 151 MILLION. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THESE PLANS. BRAD

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