welcomegaGeorgia’s tourism industry generated $58.9 billion in business sales in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. The industry’s status was made public this week, which is National Travel and Tourism week.

That figure represents 3 percent growth over 2014 and is a new record for tourism’s total economic impact in Georgia.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Georgia’s total tourism demand is now 29 percent greater than its pre-recession level in 2008. Visitor spending brought $3 billion in state and local tax revenue, a 4.5 percent increase over 2014. As a result, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said, each Georgia household receives state and local tax savings of $850.