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Leon County Division of Tourism attributes record $1 billion in tourism to local businesses

Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 18:52:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The city of Tallahassee has a billion reasons to look forward to 2020.

More people are choosing to travel to the capital city and its paying off. Its been a record-breaking year, with over $1 billion made.

One place that is attracting people to Tallahassee is the Challenger Learning Center. Employees tell ABC 27 that people from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama come here to pay a visit.

The business is excited about the impact this milestone could potentially have on the community.

"I think its been a banner year and and I'm really excited to see Visit Tallahassee succeed, our city succeed, and our business," said Samantha Reeves, who works with the Tallahassee Challenger Learning Center.

2019 is a record year for tourism in Tallahassee.

"For the first time in Tallahassee history we have exceeded $1 billion in economic impact for tourism in Tallahassee," said Bryan Desloge, a Leon County commissioner.

Tallahassee's Challenger Learning Center is part of that massive milestone with higher attendance and higher sales. In 2019 alone, the Challenger Learning Center hit $950,000 in sales but it wasn't easy.

"All non-profits face challenges and have to get creative when it comes to getting visitors in the door. and making sure they come back again," Reeves explained.

Other businesses in Tallahassee that have contributed to the city's tourism success are the Tallahassee Museum, and LeMoyne Art Center, each making an impact on the people who come to Tallahassee.