The mission of the Marietta Visitors Bureau is to promote Marietta as a tourism destination with an emphasis on cultural and recreational tourism, thereby increasing overnight visitation by reinvesting visitor generated tax dollars into messages and services targeted exclusively to the visitor.
The Marietta Visitors Bureau was established in 1984 as part of Marietta’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. It is a private, non-profit organization that promotes Marietta as a tourism destination. In 1987, the Marietta Visitors Bureau entered into an agreement with the City of Marietta to become the contract holder for the City’s collected hotel/motel tax. The Bureau allocates the money each year to advertising and marketing programs, which promote Marietta as a visitor destination and increase economic impact for the City.
The Bureau operates the Marietta Welcome Center located in the old Western and Atlantic Passenger Depot. This brick structure, built in 1898, is typical of passenger depots used at the turn of the century.
The Marietta Visitors Bureau also hosts the Taste of Marietta and the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. Both events are sought-after by the local residents and visitors
Through the years, the Bureau has received many awards including: Outstanding Convention & Visitors Bureau in the Southeast by Southeast Tourism Society and the Georgia Governor’s Conference on Tourism Creative Expression Award.