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Tourism on the rise in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A new study says tourism is on the rise in Columbus. 

The survey was put together by Columbus State University, and Credits Expansion at Fort Benning and a new marketing push by the Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Some 200,000 more people visited Columbus in 2011 than in the previous year. The study shows the economic impact of those visitors was $418 million.

"There is no one thing that makes Columbus a destination. We can appeal to a lot of different interests.  So, if you are in to military heritage, we've got it.  If you're in to art history, we've got it. If you're in to outdoor recreation, we've got that.  And, with white water coming online, there is a lot of talk about that bringing in more people as well," said Peter Bowden, President and CEO of the Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Bowden expects gas prices to rise in the summer, but says "even $4 gas will not affect travel. Our consultants are telling us people will travel no matter what. It may just change their travel pattern, meaning they may stay closer to home or spend a little less when they travel."

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