Who Is Visit Dublin GA?
Visit Dublin GA is the tourism marketing organization for Laurens County. In simple words, we
advertise the best of the best attractions, hotels, businesses, and events in Laurens County. See that ad in Atlanta, Georgia Travel Guide, Better Homes & Gardens, Georgia Eats, Parade, or a Dublin destination featured online? Yup, that’s us. We work with travel writers, bloggers, and publications from around the world to spread the #DublinGA word.
We build the things tourists love. Dublin Carnegie? Yeah, we helped with that. Rock out at DubJam? Us too. Get inspired at Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park? You guessed it…us and a whole lot of partners!
You get the idea. We pay to advertise Laurens County and its small, locally owned businesses in print, digital, social media, and television outlets at zero cost to the business. Why? Because you’re the best. We know it and the world deserves to experience it.
What we do
This tiny nonprofit packs a big punch when it comes to showcasing Dublin and Georgia.
- We operate Dublin’s Visitors Center in partnership with DLCRA. Open 7 days a week, we serve about 4,000 cups of free coffee to our over 20,000 visitors a year. And who do we tell them about? That’s right: YOU. Not only do we tell them about it, we blog about it, Facebook it, Instagram it, Tweet it, and Snapchat it…all the time all Dublin GA!. Let’s go a little deeper…but first, coffee.
- We call it tourism product development. Visitors say, “What’s there to do in Dublin?” We answer with projects like the print Downtown Walking Tour, Downtown Walking Tour Mobile App & Audio Tour, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park, Bike Trail & River walk plans, and DubJam. In the past four years, our websites (yes, there’s 9 of them) and brochures have won awards, we’ve taught professionals across the state how to do what we do, we’ve hosted art exhibits, songwriters series, developed a new St. Patrick’s Festival website, we’ve served on state boards, hosted countless meetings, and gotten our hands dirty improving Stubbs Park. We don’t like the glory; we love the nitty gritty.
- Promotion comes naturally to us. We work closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division to spread the Dublin love through their outlets. We keep over 150 listings live and changing on ExploreGeorgia.org, pay for professional photoshoots of dining, shopping, and lodging destinations, supply fresh new ideas for their “Top Lists” for features in blogs and event posts, help with campaigns like #ExploreGeorgiaPup, and coordinate and host travel writer tours, state meetings, and events. WheW. And coffee keeps us smiling and creative!
The US in Team
Rebecca McWilliam, CEO
“Bossie” is the creative genius behind our #goals, tossing new ideas, projects, and brainstorms like rapid-fire balls with precision. She fell in love with Dublin in 1996 and moved here in 2005. She has captured the heart of Dublin, by forming links of partnership across the state to build an economic engine for the community. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park…yep, she did a thing!
Miriam Ponton, Project Manager
“Pontonorelli” is Project Manager extraordinaire…but at Visit Dublin GA what does that mean? It means going with the ever-changing flow of developing new products and events to catch and captivate the attention of our visitors, always catching and juggling the balls Bossie throws, and constantly searching for those #goodvibesahead. Some days are spent in the office, writing content for websites, answering emails, blogging, making lists (yes, lots of lists), creating upcoming projects (enter DubJam <~~~shameless plug), while other days are spent in the sun (or rain) setting up for events, walking paths and sidewalks as a tourist would, and experiencing Dublin and Laurens County through their eyes.
Donna Quistian, Visitors Center Manager
“Quistian” is a natural born leader who is very passionate about life and Georgia. She is a coastal country girl with southern hospitality who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. She loves to #GetOutside and #ChoosesKind by helping others. Donna moved to Laurens County in 2016, where a love blossomed for Dublin, Georgia. She is diving into the small town life, city pace, fresh air, and history Dublin has to offer.
Andrew Johnson, Visitors Center Coordinator
This creative genius loves working at Visit Dublin GA. Repainting the rocking chairs, that’s mainly him. He was born and raised in Dublin, and immediately fell in love with this beautiful small town. He adores the beauty of Downtown Dublin and loves his job. He states, “There is no one better than Bossie.” Andrew loves helping with DubJam, ShamRock, and Yuletide Glow. He always wanted to help his community but couldn’t find the way to do that until he got the job at Visit Dublin GA. Feeding the community and helping Downtown Dublin is a long-term goal he is reaching for. “This is the perfect job to help me reach out to the community.”
So we’re all about Laurens County and sharing her beauty with the world. We want to know about you. Show us your Dublin, your Montrose, your Cadwell, your Rentz, your East Dublin, your Dudley, and your Dexter using #DublinGA.
And we’ll show the world.
You want stats? Here’s the hard numbers proving tourism works if you work it!
- Visit Dublin FY18Review
- Visit Dublin FY17Review
- Visit Dublin GA FY16 Review
- Visit Dublin GA FY15 Review
- Visit Dublin FY14 Review
If You Build it
They will come. And visitors are coming! Here’s a link to all the websites Visit Dublin GA has developed and maintains to keep the tourism traffic flowing into Laurens County.
- River Bend Wildlife Management Area
- Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area
- Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival
- Old Post Office
- First African Baptist Church & MLK Monument Park
- Laurens County Historical Society & Museum
- Fred Roberts
- Retire Dublin GA
2019 Resource Team Report
They came, they saw, and they dreamed. Laurens County’s 2019 GDEcD Resource Team saw every corner of Laurens County and came up with a vision to draw ever more tourists to experience her wonderful-ness.
Here’s the report:
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