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40th Anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week – Free gift offered for participating in the week

Posted May 5, 2023 by Kristi Kent in Events, Life in Rome, News

May 7-13 is the 40th Anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week – Free gift offered for participating in the week
A week that recognizes the power of travel and the industry’s role as an economic driver to our vibrant communities.

The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism invites locals to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW), May 7-13, 2023. The week celebrates the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being and invites locals to gain the full visitor experience by becoming tourists in their own town.

Get your free tote when you post with #romegeorgia

Get your free tote when you post with #romegeorgia

The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism is gifting free Georgia’s Rome bags to locals who want to participate in NTTW. To claim the free bag, simply post a selfie on social media enjoying a Rome attraction or event with the hashtag #RomeGeorgia from May 6 to May 13. Stop by a Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and show the welcome center staff the tagged post to claim your free bag.

Here are several suggested activities and events to enjoy for creating your tagged selfie:

    • Saturday, May 6, RoFlo FestThis art and culture celebration is a free festival in Downtown Rome. The family friendly event hosts vendors, sidewalk sales, local musicians and kids’ activities. This event kicks off a season of free events made possible by the generous support of businesses and property owners in downtown. RoFlo Fest River cruises will also be offered at 1 pm and 2:30 pm and are a fun way to enjoy all that downtown Rome has to offer.


    • Saturday, May 6, Cave Spring Bacon Fest and Car Show – The annual event will be held from 10 am to 3 pm at Rolater Park and is an opportunity to taste all types of homemade bacon dishes. Admission is $5. It is also a great time to tour the namesake cave located inside the park as well as visit the historic town square.


    • Rome Braves Games – See tomorrow’s stars today at a Rome Braves Game!  The Rome Braves will finish out a homestand with Bowling Green on Sunday, May 7 and welcome Asheville for their next homestand on May 9 to run throughout National Travel & Tourism week. There are several promotions planned for the week including a bobblehead giveaways and a T-shirt giveaway. Sundays are also Family Fun Day where kids can run the bases after the game.


    • Saturday, May 6, Downtown History Tour – Movie Theatres Guests will board the Roman Chariots for a guided tour highlighting movie theatres and theatre locations in downtown Rome. A new location will be featured each month in Downtown Rome. Selena Tilly, Rome Area History Center Director, will share documented historic insights. Tours are held the first Saturday of every month through September and depart from the Rome Area History Center at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at one of the Georgia’s Rome Welcome Centers.  All proceeds benefit the Rome Area History Center.


    • Saturday, May 6, Clocktower Tours – The Rome Area History Center will host a new season of Clocktower Tours to be offered the first Saturday of every month May to September from 1 to 3 p.m. Get the best views of Rome from the top of the clocktower and enjoy seeing stories of Rome portrayed through murals inside. The self-guided tours of the clocktower are $12, and may be purchased online. All proceeds benefit the Clocktower Restoration Fund.


    • Sunday May 7 & Thursday, May 11, Roman Holiday Riverboat Tours – The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday is Rome’s 40-passenger excursion boat offering public tours geared for all ages. Each tour is unique and offers perspective on how Rome’s rivers have shaped the town’s history. On Saturday, May 7, at 5 pm, the tour will take you back in time to the 19th century. Historians will narrate Rome’s role in the war while actors and props create exciting reenactments. On Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. the planning department will host a tour of the levee history in celebration of Preservation Month.

Additional recommendations to help locals enjoy being a tourist in their hometown include:

      • Outdoor Passport – Your free ticket to experience beautiful activities like walking scenic trails and viewing historic sites. Complete all 14 outdoor experiences to fill your Georgia’s Rome passport and claim your free Georgia’s Rome T-shirt. The passport is mobile exclusive with no app to download.


    • Museums – Rome offers four museums/centers that are currently open to the public.
        • Chieftains Museum & Major Ridge Home is a historic site where visitors can learn about Rome’s Cherokee history, culture and founding history. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,


        • Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum shares the story Martha Berry and Berry College through tours of the historic home, exhibitions in the museum and award-winning gardens. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last tour begins at 3 p.m.) Admission details and tickets at


        • Rome Area History Center shares area history starting from early settlements to recent history of Rome and surrounding areas.
          Admission is free. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


        • Rome-Floyd ECO Center allows visitors to view and discover a variety of wildlife that is native to the Northwest Georgia area. Learn about the local ecology; explore local wetlands and learn why it’s so important to protect these natural resources. Admission is free. Open Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


    • Outdoor Attractions  Rome and Floyd County is known for its beautiful outdoors that attract visitors year around. For ideas and tips on how to enjoy the AdventHealth ECO Greenway, Rocky Mountain Recreation Area, trails, gardens, river ways, parks, golfing, tennis, pickleball, camping, fishing, miniature golf, and go karts, visit


    • Events  View our calendar to keep up the with all local events and happenings. You can also submit your community events for free. Visit


    • Free Downtown Transportation – While enjoying the shops and restaurants of Downtown Rome, enjoy free transportation on the Roman Chariot to locations within the historic downtown Rome area. For free pick-up, text 706-413-2822. Operating hours are Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.


    • Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and Gift Shop Locations – The tourism office manages two locations: one on Jackson Hill (across from Applebee’s) and one in Downtown Rome at the Rome Area History Center. The welcome centers are a great resource for locals.  “The tourism office helps many residents who aren’t aware of the various attractions, events and activities that Georgia’s Rome offers,” said Charlene Mathis, Welcome Center Manager. She added, “We challenge you to see Rome through the eyes of a tourist; we offer maps and guides to help you discover a side of Rome and Floyd County you may not have explored yet. Additionally, when you shop the gift shops located at the welcome centers you are supporting local artisans, makers and growers who are represented in the shops.”


According to reports from Tourism Economics, tourism in Rome and Floyd County generated $136.5 million in total visitor spending in 2021; a 24.8% year over year increase.   Visitors generated $10.8 million in state and local tax revenues and the tourism industry supported 1,505 jobs throughout the service and hospitality industries.  Each Floyd County household would need to be taxed an additional $297 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism economic activity.  2021 data is the most recent data available; 2022 data will be available in Fall of 2023.

The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. Our mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, weddings, meetings, sports, film and events.

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Our Georgia's Rome tourism team works hard to curate content to help you discover and explore our beautiful town! We want to ensure our content is up-to-date and accurate; so please let us know if we ever overlook an important detail! This post was originally written by Kristi Kent and is updated by staff.

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