Every year, we receive letters and emails from meeting planners and attendees who want to share with us their positive experiences in Savannah. We’d like to share a few of these with you:
"The National Agricultural Aviation Association has had great conventions in Savannah and the city has worked with us to ensure we have the best possible shows! It is one of our most popular destinations among attendees and exhibitors. Our exhibitor numbers are some of the highest we've had and our convention revenue has increased each year in Savannah. We exhibit aircraft as part of the Ag Aviation Expo Trade Show and we have a large number of aircraft that can be exhibited at the convention center. Our Ag Aviation Expo is a city-wide for downtown and our attendees like the fact that restaurants, bars, shops, etc. are friendly to our group and that we're the big fish in the pond. We enjoy the small town charm and southern hospitality that Savannah offers." Lindsey Barber, National Agricultural Aviation Association
"The International Association of Emergency Managers USA Council (IAEM) held their 2016 and 2019 Annual Conference and EMEX Exhibition in Savannah, and our participants rated the experience as exceptional. The proof is in the pudding - IAEM will return to Savannah for our 2022 Annual Conference and EMEX. Savannah is a charming, historic Southern location, full of friendly, hospitable people who are happy to have you visit. The city is very walkable, with many restaurants, shops, and attractions close to the hotels we utilized. The climate, architecture and arts scene, and overall convenience make it a great destination for an event of our size. The Convention Center and meeting space are first class, and the food is outstanding. The efficient water taxi experience was a fun way to bring participants together for a short ride to our meetings and exhibition. How often do you take a boat ride to work? The Savannah hospitality professionals are wonderful. We are most grateful to the staffs of Visit Savannah.com, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, and all the hotels who contributed to the success of our event, and made certain that our 2,000+ participants had a memorable, Savannah experience." Clay D. Tyeryar, International Association of Emergency Managers
"AESA has held their annual conference in Savannah three times and loved every time. The city is such a great venue and the convention center is a perfect size for this meeting. We use all the space for our general session, numerous break-out sessions, and our exhibits. The catering is quite good and cost effective as well, especially for a small organization like AESA. Everyone at the center is helpful and flexible, so this makes it easy throughout the planning and execution of a conference.
Using the water ferries makes getting to the center seamless, and most, if not all, attendees love this different approach to their commute. Since Savannah is such a walkable city, our attendees enjoy getting out and about town as much as they can. And of course they do enjoy the food...so many nearby restaurant choices - there is something for everyone. Each time we are there we enjoy a different restaurant for a private council dinner, as do several of our affiliates. Savannah - perfect location with all the right elements for a successful meeting or conference!" Dyanne Hughes, Association of Educational Service Agencies
"I cannot begin to compliment Visit Savannah highly enough for their amazing support during our 2020 GSAE Annual Meeting. Through a very complicated date change due to COVID-19, we were so impressed by the professionalism and creativity of the team. I cannot imagine planning this complex, high-pressure event with any other host city. Truly, Visit Savannah helped us show the hospitality and association community how a safe, fun and educational in-person meeting can occur with panache and verve. We are grateful for your help in producing a successful road map to share with our association community. Well done!" Wendy W. Kavanagh, President, Georgia Society of Association Executives
"As you can imagine, we definitely had concerns about having our annual Summer Training Conference in Savannah during the pandemic. However, we worked closely with our conference hotel and the Savannah Convention Center to make sure that we could reduce the threat of contracting/spreading the COVID-19 virus. Although the attendance numbers were smaller due to the pandemic, our conference still attracted 445 attendees and 88 exhibitors. This is a testament to the increased confidence that GACP and its membership had in the SCC's plans to host our conference in this COVID-19 environment. Additonal signage, hand sanitation stations, cleaning protocols, increased social distancing in training and exhibition areas and food/beverage serving protocols were all designed to reduce the risk to our members as wells as SCC employees. Although virtual meetings are becoming commonplace, we believed that an in-person conference was important. We consider our 2020 Summer Training Conference to have been a huge success.
We appreciate everything that you and Visit Savannah did to help make our conference a success." A.A. "Butch" Ayers, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
"Visit Savannah for Leisure or a Conference should be on everyone's "Must Do Bucket List." The city has an authentic old-world charm, outstanding hotels and restaurants, and that one-of-a-kind experience that makes it worth the trip. Planning a meeting in Savannah is a breeze - literally and figuratively. The downtown and historic district are easy to navigate. It is a city built for walking and the riverfront has options on both sides of the port that offer amazing views and refreshing options. It has excellent transportation infrastructure, whether you are driving or flying into SAV - Savannah/Hilton Head Internationa Airport. But is is that "cool" factor that I believe draws meeting planners because we are always looking to destinations that support strong attendance. Visit Savannah delivers!" Liz Bittner, President & CEO, Travel South USA
"We love having our event in Savannah. We've been coming here for 10 years and people come from across the country to attend the Kupets Pink Gymnastics Invitational. It's a great city for events and fun. The people are great! We hope to be there another ten years!" Drew Davis, Rockdale Gymnastic
"With so many unique choices--all within an easy walk to the city's highlights--booking a meeting in Savannah was easy! We got great rates, a lovely hotel, and the attendees had a wonderful experience. Visit Savannah was a great partner - distributing the lead, following up with me, and providing recommendations for ancillary services." Lauren Miller, National Association of Counties
"You will not find a better group of people to work with for your convention. You'll find the most accomodating group of people at Savannah. We are so glad this is now part of our rotation of shows to attend. Call them, you'll thank me later for it." Randy Hardy, National Agricultural Aviation Association
“Coming to Savannah was the best conference we’ve had in memory. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience! I would highly recommend Savannah.” Carla Battle, Account Executive, Courtesy Associates, Inc.
“Great venue for us- one of our biggest meetings because everyone wanted to come to Savannah” Kathy Votow, Executive Director of the Radiation Research Society
“From everything we’ve heard Savannah really knocked the socks off our attendees! All comments indicated the convention center was made for us.” Amy Storm-Carter, Director of Meetings and Conventions, National Home Infusion Association
“Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to see just how perfect Savannah would be for meetings. It is perfect for the nurses.” Pam Ballinger, CMP, Vice President of Meetings, Exhibits and Trade Shows, Association Headquarters
“Our conference was very successful and everyone raved about Savannah. I hope we can do it again!” Stephen Ingley, Executive Director of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association
“The National Agricultural Aviation Association has had great conventions in Savannah and the city has worked with us to ensure we have the best possible shows! It is one of our most popular destinations among attendees and exhibitors. Our exhibitor numbers are some of the highest we’ve had and our convention revenue has increased each year in Savannah. We exhibit aircraft on as part of the Ag Aviation Expo Trade Show and we have a large number of aircraft that can be exhibited at the convention center. Our Ag Aviation Expo is a city-wide for downtown and our attendees like the fact that restaurants, bars, shops, etc. are friendly to our group and that we’re the big fish in the pond. We enjoy the small town charm and southern hospitality that Savannah offers.” Lindsay Barber, National Agricultural Aviation Assocation
“Visit Savannah is there to help reunion coordinators in all circumstances in planning their event in your town.” Marc D. Cline, President of the USS Sarsfield Association
“Thanks again for the wonderful hospitality. We’re big Savannah fans and will be coming your way more in the future.” Roger A. Sherwood, CAE, Executive Director, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Let us add your name to our long list of satisfied customers. Call 1.877.SAVANNAH or contact us today.