Atlanta set a new record for visitation in a single year.
Atlanta welcomed 45 million visitors in 2013. Visitation to Atlanta increased seven percent over 2012, when Atlanta surpassed 40 million visitors for the first time. The increase has further solidified metro Atlanta's position as one of the nation's top travel destinations.
"2013 was an extraordinary year for Atlanta as we hit 45 million visitors. That's more than Las Vegas and California and just 10 million away from surpassing New York City," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau ACVB’s annual meeting highlighted the tourism milestone and showcased more than $1.5 billion in new attractions, hotels, retail, and transit coming to Atlanta this year with the theme "Breaking New Ground. New openings in 2014 include the Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and a new Atlanta Streetcar.
Atlanta's hospitality industry looks to continue this growth by opening another nearly $2 billion in development over the next three years. By 2017, the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons will both open brand new state-of-the-art stadiums. The same year, Atlanta will become home to a new Major League Soccer team.