About The CVB

The Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes tourism, trade, and conventions in Forsyth and surrounding area. Created in 2015, the City of Forsyth CVB is primarily funded by local hotel-motel sales tax. The CVB Authority meets the last Tuesday of each month in the Welcome Center, located at 68 North Lee Street.

Economic Impact

Tourism has been good for the City of Forsyth and Monroe County. Tourism creates jobs, both through direct employment and indirectly in sectors such as retail and transportation. When these people spend their wages on goods and services, it leads to what is known as the “multiplier effect,” creating more jobs.

The tourism industry also provides opportunities for small businesses, which is especially important in rural communities, and generates extra tax revenues, such as hotel taxes, which are used for schools, housing and hospitals.

The City of Forsyth collected hotel-motel taxes from 13 hotels and one KOA Campground. 20% of the hotel-motel tax goes to the City’s general fund, 40% to Forsyth Main Street, and the remaining 40% to the recently (2015) formed Convention & Visitors Bureau.

According the Georgia Department of Economic Development and a 2016 US Travel Association report, in 2015, the City of Forsyth and Monroe County’s domestic tourism industry:

  • Supported 300 jobs and $6.7 million in payroll

  • Generated $890,000 in local tax revenues

  • Generated $31.93 million in direct travel spending

  • Provided $200 in tax relief per household

  • Created $1.29 million in state tax revenues

Meetings & Events

In addition to promoting tourism in Forsyth and the surrounding areas, the Forsyth CVB helps businesses, organizations, tourist groups, and others plan successful, memorable, and well-attended gatherings. We can help you plan your next meeting or event by providing:

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  • Activities and tours
  • Promotional items like bags, notepads, and pens
  • Publicity assistance and media kits, including assistance writing press releases and advertising
  • Transportation arrangements
  • Venue information
  • Visitor information such as guides, maps, brochures, and more
  • Welcome letters from local dignitaries
  • Contact information for catering, entertainment, and speakers

CVB Staff & Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Bonnie Barker, Chair
Kerri Swearingen, Vice-chair
Helen Walker, Secretary-Treasurer

Mike Dodd, City Council Representative

Amy Knight

John Howard
Fred Kapadia
Sunny Patel
Angie Ellis

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Please contact the Executive Director.

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