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Thomasville's historic sites and other attractions have been seen in several regional and national publications in an effort to promote tourism, but tagged on to that exposure is a rather lofty price.

"Just a very small ad in Southern Living is around $3,000 for one time."

But the results are encouraging. In 2002 tourists spent $43 million in Thomas County. Officials are hoping to do more to market Thomasville. The director of the Visitor's Bureau proposed a five-percent lodging tax that hotels will charge, and that money would be earmarked for the bureau.

"Thomasville already has the tax; there are only several properties outside of the city limits in the county that would actually be affected."

Most folks have heard of a lodging tax, and the Ohnsman’s visiting from Jacksonville Beach say they're used to it.

"Every place you stay at there's always a local tax to fund tourism, so you almost expect it when you stay somewhere."

The tax is expected to generate about $100,000 for marketing plans and other projects in the coming year.

"We can certainly always do more. We're stretching the dollars we have to do the best we can, but if we have this other revenue we can do a better job."