Dublin Visitors Center Designated Regional Visitors Information Center | Business
Visit the Dublin Visitors Center on an average day, and you’ll meet travelers from around the world, searching for information and a friendly face. “In the past few months alone, we have welcomed guests from Scotland, Germany, England, and Korea. Our location just off exit 51 on I-16 gives Dublin a chance to interact with the world. We provide maps, brochures, and information on all the wonderful destinations and events in Laurens County and Georgia,” says Brooke Mullis, Dublin Visitors Center Manager. “With the recent addition of the dog park, we are seeing more people and their pets. I make new friends every day.”
Mullis loves the new touch screen computer kiosk in the Visitors Center lobby that allows guests easy access to the internet and the many online sites devoted to promoting Laurens County, such as ExploreGeorgia.org. Additional improvements to the Visitors Center include new brochure racks, new signage, a more open layout, photography, a Keurig for tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, and display space for promotional items like tee shirts and locally made food products.
In December, the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division designated Dublin’s Visitor Center a Regional Visitors Information Center. “It is an honor to receive this designation to represent Georgia. This designation will increase the Visitors Center’s traffic and allow the staff to drive more visitors to businesses and attractions in Laurens County. Our goal is to not only increase hotel bookings, but also to help travelers discover the many dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations in Dublin,” says Rebecca McWilliam, Director of Tourism, Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council. “The time we spend with each guest allows us to leave that lasting impression of Dublin as a vibrant place to discover and explore and encourage them to return.”
Nija Torrence, Tourism Operations Manager and RVIC Coordinator with Georgia Department of Economic Development, welcomed the addition of Dublin to the Regional Visitors Information Center program saying, “Dublin’s Visitors Center is the only center in the Magnolia Midlands region with a dog park, allowing Dublin and the state the unique opportunity to target and market ourselves to those travelers exploring Georgia with their pets.”
As a Regional Visitors Information Center Manager, Mullis ensures each guest is given top level customer service, including securing hotel bookings, making restaurant reservations, and providing event information, along with properly directing visitors to regional and state attractions. “We track all visitations, including in-person visits, phone calls, and emails, and submit a monthly report to the state.”
Dublin Visitors Center is operated by the Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council, Inc. in partnership with the Dublin Laurens County Recreation Authority (DLCRA). “None of the Center’s improvements could have been accomplished without the support of Danny Jones and the staff of the DLCRA. From the dog park to helping with rearranging the furnishings, the Recreation Authority was right there, lending a hand and offering ideas. This truly was a community-wide project that began over ten years ago with the donation of the property by the Judge Gibbs Flanders family, and that sense of community-mindedness continued with help from the City of Dublin, Laurens County, Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, and all the local businesses and contractors who gave of their time and talents to make this designation a reality. This is really a celebration of Laurens County,” said McWilliam.
The Dublin Visitors Center is located off exit 51 on I-16 at 102 Travel Center Blvd., in Dublin. For more information, call 478-272-4002 or visit www.visitdublinga.com.