Hospitality leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate Atlanta’s rich arts and cultural community at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) 102nd annual meeting. Ford W. Bell, president of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), gave the keynote speech following the conclusion of the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, which returned to Atlanta for the first time since 1997.
”Atlanta was a great host city, and I know absolutely that those 5,000 attendees now realize what a great cultural capital Atlanta truly is,” said Bell. “From fine art to history to natural history to science, Atlanta has it all, and let me be the first to tell you that you showcased every bit of it this past week.”
Atlanta has the third-highest number of arts-related businesses per capita and the fourth highest percentage of total jobs related to the arts. More than 5 percent of total jobs in Atlanta are arts-related, employing more than 26,000 Atlanta residents. Metro-wide more than 62,000 residents work in arts-related positions.
“Arts and culture is often an unsung hero in attracting visitors to cities around the world,” said William Pate, president & CEO, ACVB. “Atlanta is fortunate to have one of the most vibrant cultural communities in the country.”
Established in 1913, ACVB is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.