It's been 6 months since the Georgia Music Hall of Fame closed its doors, and the Macon Convention and Visitors Bureau has had to find new ways to fill the void of the attraction.
President and CEO of the CVB, Monica Smith, says after the hall closed the number of people staying in area hotels dropped. "The occupancy has decreased slightly since July," says Smith.
In recent months only 50% of rooms in area hotels have been filled.
Before the Hall closed the CVB says there was a rush of tourists, and months after the closure visitors still showed up looking to make one more trip.
"Most people were probably disappointed, because there was something that they wanted to see or they thought they'd make it before it closed," says Smith.
Last year tourism in Bibb County created more than 3,000 jobs, produced around $70 million in payroll, and $8 million dollars was also generated in local tax revenue.
To try keep up with these trends the CVB is looking to promote other attractions, like the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Tubman museum, and Ocmulgee National Monument.
Smith says, "I think it's dangerous anytime you as a destination have so many attractions to promote one."
Ben Sapp, Interim Director of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, says after the music hall shut down there was a boost in attendance.
It's hikes that in Macon's other tourist destinations the CVB is working hard to continue to make happen.
Official tourism numbers from the state won't be released until September 2012, but in the mean time the CVB tells 41 NBC it is working hard to get more tour bus groups into the area.