Who Is Visit Dublin GA?
Visit Dublin GA is the tourism marketing organization for Laurens County. In simple words, we advertise the best of the best attractions, hotels, businesses, and events in Laurens County. See that ad in Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Travel Guide, Savor Georgia, or a Dublin destination featured online? Yup, that’s us. We work with travel writers, bloggers, and publications from around the world to spread the #DublinGA word.
We build the things tourists love. Add some sparkle to your season at Yuletide Glow? We’re the merry elves. Protect pollinators with the Pollinator Pitstop at Dublin Visitors Center? We’re brimming with milkweed and motivation! Get inspired at Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park? You guessed it…us and a whole lot of partners!
You get the idea. We pay to advertise Laurens County and its small, locally owned businesses in print, digital, social media, and television outlets at zero cost to the business. Why? Because you’re the best. We know it and the world deserves to experience it.
What we do
This tiny nonprofit packs a big punch when it comes to showcasing Dublin and Georgia.
- We operate Dublin’s Visitors Center, open 6 days a week, we serve about 1,000 cups of free coffee to our over 12,000 visitors a year. And who do we tell them about? That’s right: YOU. Not only do we tell them about it, we blog about it, Facebook it, Instagram it and Tweet it…all the time all Dublin GA!. Let’s go a little deeper…but first, coffee.
- We call it tourism product development. Visitors say, “What’s there to do in Dublin?” We answer with projects like Downtown Walking Tour, Bellevue Walking Tour, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park, Pollinator Pitstop, Yuletide Glow, geocaches across the city (6 and counting) and marketing your destinations, events, and festivals!
- Promotion comes naturally to us. We work closely with our Explore Georgia to spread the Dublin love through their outlets. We keep over 150 listings live and changing on ExploreGeorgia.org, pay for professional photoshoots of dining, shopping, and lodging destinations, supply fresh new ideas for their “Top Lists” for features in blogs and event posts, and coordinate and host travel writer tours, state meetings, and events. WheW. And coffee keeps us smiling and creative!
The US in Team
Miriam Lewis, Executive Director
Once upon a time, a serial reader of Little Women and Little House On The Prairie, Miriam Lewis has harnessed her love of great storytelling, beautiful photography, and good people, bundled into a big package that is Executive Director of Visit Dublin GA.
As a destination veteran Miriam joined Visit Dublin GA in 2015. She oversees Dublin Visitors Center operations & staff, and Dublin and Laurens County’s marketing communications, while leading strategic initiatives to maintain and strengthen the tourism industry in Dublin.
Her favorite work hobbies include making good old fashioned paper lists (plural), reminding staff to take their breaks (they sometimes listen), and quality checking local eats (she’ll quickly suggest goat curry or tongue tacos), and building relationships which become links in partnership across the state, boosting an economic engine for the Laurens County community.
Staci Miles, Assistant Director
Never meeting a stranger and knowing everyone’s name, Staci Miles is our social chief chatter. Her love for people runs as deep as her southern charm and empathetic nature. She has a peppy and charismatic personality that drives lively conversations.
Having spent the last few decades in hospitality, Staci joined Visit Dublin GA as the Assistant Director in January of 2023. She coordinates day to day operations of Visitors Centers Management, maintains scheduling, creates social content and reviews financials.
A few of Staci’s favorite work hobbies include laughing with the guests, working on all things social and getting out of the office to find opportunities for tourism product development.
Arilyn Erickson, Visitors Center Manager
*Cue Hamilton music* How does an artistic, eccentric, sister of five, and a Cajun, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in a Southeastern state by parental job prospects, end up Visitors Center Manager?
Fresh from graduating with her bachelor’s in psychology, Arilyn Erickson started work at Visit Dublin GA in December of 2021. Her love of helping people, knowledge of Dublin, curiosity, and creative spirit are exhibited in her ability to ensure guests are well informed and comfortable, contribute fresh ideas for improving the Visitors Center and developing tourism products, and promoting local businesses, locations, and events via our website and social media.
Arilyn enjoys singing to the plants in the Visitors Center garden, playing with traveler’s furbabies, loading guests full of information (especially about the best places to eat), and creating extra punny blogs.
So we’re all about Laurens County and sharing her beauty with the world. We want to know about you.
Show us your Dublin, your Montrose, your Cadwell, your Rentz, your East Dublin, your Dudley, and your Dexter using #DublinGA.
If You Build it
They will come. And visitors are coming! Here’s a link to all the websites Visit Dublin GA has developed and maintains to keep the tourism traffic flowing into Laurens County.
- River Bend Wildlife Management Area
- Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area
- Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival
- Fred Roberts
- Retire Dublin GA
- Hurburt Dudley
- Dublin Downtown Walking Tour
- Dublin’s Historic Bellevue Tour
Stay tuned for our BRAND NEW website coming to VisitDublinGA.org Fall 2023!
2019 Resource Team Report
They came, they saw, and they dreamed. Laurens County’s 2019 GDEcD Resource Team saw every corner of Laurens County and came up with a vision to draw ever more tourists to experience her wonderful-ness.
Here’s the report:
ExploreGeorgia.org is Georgia’s official tourism website, with travel ideas, planning tools and exclusive special offers. Everything you need to find and plan the perfect Georgia experience.
City of Dublin
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Downtown Dublin Development Authority
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Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority
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Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce
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