Press Release

Visit Savannah Sales Team Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day


Erica Backus



[SAVANNAH, Ga.] – Today the Visit Savannah sales team helped celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) in a big way by delivering locally-made donuts to 32 area hotel sales teams. GMID, led by the industry advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB), showcases the proven value that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions bring to businesses and the economy.

“Savannah has been open for business throughout the pandemic and has already hosted several state and national association meetings and conventions,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah. “But we saw Global Meetings Industry Day as an ideal way for us to reconnect with our area hotel sales teams to help get the local meetings industry back on track. We developed a fun logo sticker and delivered dozens of donuts around town to re-energize our partners and to ensure that we all reconnected as we head into the post-pandemic recovery period.” 

This year’s GMID theme is Meet Safe, recognizing the industry’s top priority of operating meetings and events with health and safety top-of-mind. The current landscape for meetings and events is one of the most challenging in history. Even so, industry professionals rise to the occasion time and time again. 

“The participation of organizations such as Visit Savannah’s sales team is critical to GMID’s success,” says Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company and co-chair of MMB. “It reveals the true power of our industry, our emphasis on convening with health and safety top-of-mind and projections for a strong recovery impacting businesses and local economies around the world.”


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Visit Savannah serves as the official destination marketing organization for the Savannah area tourism industry and is committed to driving economic prosperity in the greater Savannah community through increased overall visitation and related spending while continuing to build upon Savannah’s image as a world-class destination.