Interview with Bill Hardman, February 4, 2013

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Bill Hardman discusses his career as the director of tourism for the state of Georgia from 1959 to the early 1970s, including his office's attempts to improve Georgia's reputation among out-of-state travelers and to lure vacationers headed to Florida through efforts such as building Welcome centers and improving major roadways. He also discusses efforts to promote Georgia tourism outside of the state through trade shows and at public events like Kennedy's inauguration parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. Other topics include the Southeast Tourism Society and the annual Hoedown in Washington, D.C., the development of the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Six Flags, the impact of sports on Atlanta tourism, and changes to the tourism industry in the late twentieth century.






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Bill Hardman and Bob Short, “Interview with Bill Hardman, February 4, 2013,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,