MACON, Ga. -- The Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual meeting on Thursday and it was a party.
Tourism awards and end of the year results were announced along with plans for the future.
President and CEO Gary Wheat said that by having visitors come to Macon, the city makes money and taxpayers save. 

"It's very much is an economic driver for our community," Wheat said. "Tourism supports 34 jobs in the community of Macon and Bibb County and so that's essential. It's part of economic development. It results in about 350 million in direct spending, which results in about 10 million in tax collection. So it means a lot to our bottom line which in the end will save our local residents about $900 a year in taxes because of visitor spending."
In addition to the annual meeting, they also celebrated the bureau's 35th anniversary.

Journalist Maggie McGlamry