Explore Gwinnett is the sales & marketing brand of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gwinnett County’s official tourism office. Our mission is to create, market and promote Gwinnett County and our cities as an appealing destination, with the goal of bringing in new visitors, meetings, convention, sporting events, weddings, family reunions and other hotel room night generating events. Our work helps create dynamic economic impact for Gwinnett County – with the hospitality industry generating over $1.2 billion dollars in visitor spending in 2015!
The Explore Gwinnett team is actively involved in almost every aspect of Gwinnett’s arts, entertainment, hospitality, sports and economic development endeavors. Their sales & marketing efforts not only support and attract visitors, but provide positive economic impact for local residents, restaurants, attractions and downtowns. A sampling of community activities includes:
Creation and development of ARTober, a month-long arts marketing & awareness campaign; food tourism campaigns including Gwinnett Restaurant Week, supporting locally owned independent restaurants; serving as the Gwinnett film liaison with the film/TV industry (“Camera Ready”) working to bring TV/film location shoots to our county; work with the local international community, including four Korean/Asian Food Tours and event partnerships with the BAPS Shri Mandir. We have a full-time hospitality education program – the Gwinnett Tourism Education Program, designed to educate both hospitality industry employees, as well as local organizations.
Our tourism marketing grants support tourism generating events, attractions and facilities, and we have issued over $150,000 in grants in the past 5 years
Active board participation is important to the Explore Gwinnett team: we sit on boards that include: the Aurora Theatre, Gwinnett Parks Foundation, Partnership Gwinett PFE, Korean Dragon Boat Festival, SW Gwinnett Chamber, Gwinnett Tech Hospitality Advisory Board, and many others.
We are strong supporters of the Chamber, including: Angel Investor, Partnership Gwinnett / Chairman’s Club / Three Leadership Gwinnett Graduates, one current LG attendee; all staff has attended Glance Gwinnett