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Who We Are

About Visit Savannah

Visit Savannah, the largest business unit of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, is the official destination marketing organization for the Greater Savannah area. We work to provide the resources, platforms and opportunities for individual local businesses to market their services and products to a variety of travel audiences, including leisure tourists, convention planners and meeting/trade show attendees.

Visit Savannah works closely with Chamber member businesses to ensure the continued growth and success of our economy. Many of these businesses take an active role in the development of the city through our cooperative sales and marketing projects, councils, task forces and committees.

Through our collaborative efforts, in 2022 Savannah played host to an estimated 9.7 million overnight person-trips and more than $4.4 billion in total visitor spending. Savannah has also enjoyed increased air service (27.5% increase in air arrivals versus 2021) and expanded tourism offerings in the last several years. The city's increased lodging demand (up 9.2% for hotels and 3.3% for short-term rentals over 2021) generated $44.5 million in bed tax collections in 2022 (up 21.6% over 2021). Savannah's hospitality-related jobs grew 9.6% and added approximately 2,300 jobs in 2022*, employing more than 27,000 people in the Savannah area. In addition to jobs, taxes generated by the visitor economy save each Savannah household at least $1,600 a year**. These statistics show that Savannah's tourism economy benefits residents and visitors alike.

Look Back on 2023

A Year in Review

Review Visit Savannah's highlights from last year and dive into insights from our market research study. 

About Our Members

Visit Savannah represents over 800 individual local businesses within the greater Savannah area.

Our tourism members include:

Attractions and museums, restaurants and food services, lodging, tours, entertainment, recreation, and retail.

Our services & hospitality members include:

Businesses in banking, advertising, printing, utility and food & beverage wholesale companies, airlines, car rental, florists and more.

Our Mission Statement

Visit Savannah serves as the official destination marketing organization for the Savannah/Chatham County area, and is committed to supporting the more than 28,000 area hospitality jobs by increasing visitor spending, economic vitality and quality of life for the region, all while continually building upon Savannah’s image as a world-class destination.

Our Vision Statement

Visit Savannah aspires to be the leading tourism marketing organization and voice in the Southeast.

Our D.E.I. (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Statement

Visit Savannah, to fulfill its core mission of driving economic prosperity in our community through visitor spending, is committed to representing the destination’s diversity both organizationally and outward-facing via our sales and marketing efforts.  To accomplish this, our company culture – including our staff and Board of Directors and through our external messaging – is designed to be inclusive and welcoming to all and is supported throughout the strategies and tactics that we employ to reach our goals. 

 

Data Sources

  • Savannah Hilton Head International Airport
  • Smith Travel Research   
  • Key Data
  • Tybee Island City, Chatham County, City of Savannah
  • Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER), Georgian Southern University
  • *The Bureau of Labor Statistics – Current Employment Statistics
  • **Tourism Economics. (2017). A cost/benefit analysis of Savannah’s tourism sector. City of Savannah: Savannah, GA