Title: Executive Director
Organization: West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority
Committee Position: Member
Georgia Turner has 40 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and sales. Since December 2016, she has been the Executive Director of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority, where she is responsible for developing marketing and advertising programs to increase tourism in the 14 communities in West Volusia County, Florida (located in between Daytona Beach and Orlando), demonstrating the desirability of the area as a destination. With an $800,000+ budget that comes from a countywide lodging tax, the Authority works with area hoteliers, tour providers, attractions and event promoters, to represent the area to leisure visitors, tour operators, travel and meeting planners and the media.
Turner held marketing and public relations positions at several Destination Marketing Organizations in Florida and Alabama before landing in West Volusia. She also owned and operated Georgia Turner Group, a full-service marketing and communications agency specializing in the travel and tourism industry for 10 years. Services included management consulting, public relations, marketing and sales support, promotions and advertising. Specialty was media tours to destinations in the Southeast. Her client list included Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce and regional and state tourism agencies.
Turner is a member and past Chair of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) as well as an Associate member of the Florida Outdoor Writers (FOWA) and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). In her spare time, Turner enjoys craft beer, NASCAR races and yoga.