"I think people are starting to meet again," Bass said. "Like activity at the convention center is up, activity with the hotels, business travel, sports travel - all of those things kind of combined, that's the reason that the whole hotel-motel tax is up."
Cobb Travel's governing board met at Douceur De France by the Marietta Square recently to approve its budget for the fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. The budget balances revenues and expenses at $1.33 million, compared to fiscal 2013's budget of $1.28 million, an increase of 3.72 percent.
Cobb Travel's new budget funds nine employees, the same as last year, all of whom will receive a 3 percent raise, said Lindsey Burruss, Cobb Travel's marketing director.
The budget leaves $233,000 in its reserve fund.
Cobb Travel's mission is to promote tourism, conventions, trade shows and sports development activity throughout the county.
"Tourism, as a whole, is the largest economic driver in Cobb," Bass said. "Tourism's impact is $2.18 billion, which is a 5 percent increase over the previous year, $2.02 billion. Tourism supports more than 31,000 jobs in Cobb County, which is an increase of 4.7 percent from the previous year."