STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University brought in 163,339 tourists to Bulloch County in 2011, according to a study by the university's Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development.
Those visitors resulted in an economic impact on the area of more than $47.4 million last year, according to study data.
"Georgia Southern University's athletic events, graduation ceremonies, conferences and faculty and student recruiting visits drew tourists that then often shopped in Bulloch County's stores, ate in its restaurants, and spent the night in its hotels," said Georgia Southern BBRED researcher Ben McKay in a statement. "Some of these visitors came just for the day, others spent a night or two, but they all had a positive impact on the local economy."
Data show more than 131,000 of the visitors stayed overnight in Bulloch County. Visitors who came to the county for university sponsored events helped to support 748 jobs and generated more than $3 million in state and local tax revenue, according to the study.