Sponsorships have long been a part of non-profit organizations. They help underwrite the cost of events that bring communities together and give unique opportunities for business both large and small to make connections. Sponsorships provide a financial base that allows the TLC to create and inspire.
These companies have proven their commitment by joining the TLC’s Tourism Partnership Program as an investment into the protection and advocacy of our industry.
Meetsavannah.com is the Epicenter for a One Stop Shop for visitors coming to Savannah. Meetsavannah.com is the Savannahian culture behind choosing great hotels in the Historic District or at Savannah/H.H. Intl. Airport. These Hotels are known for Exceptional Service and Memorable Experiences. Meet Savannah is a subsidiary of Image Hotels, which has over 30 years of Lodging Experience and owns and operates Hotels throughout the Southeast. They have partnered with the TLC in our efforts to advocate for the needs of hoteliers and strengthen our community.
Five Hilton/Marriott properties represent the brand StayInSavannah.com. The company overseeing these properties, North Point Hospitality owns hotels in several markets throughout the Southeast. The company prides itself on deriving success in the belief of taking care of their associates, who in turn take great care of the guests. North Point Hospitality’s Executive Vice President, Whip Triplett, is a respected community and business leader who serves on the TLC and Visit Savannah board of directors.
Savannah Lodging.com serves as the hub for the Prince-Bush-Smith hotels nestled in downtown Savannah: The Mulberry Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn Express. While Prince-Bush-Smith owns hospitality-related properties around the nation worth upwards of $200 million, the commitment to Savannah runs deep. Amongst the myriad of community involvement by Partner Mark Smith, the company has also forged a strong tie with the TLC. In particular, Executive Vice President, Mark Dana serves on the TLC Board and is highly involved in the TLC’s advocacy efforts with city, county, state, and federal entities.
Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah
Old Town Trolley Tours® of Savannah is a subsidiary of Historic Tours of America®, the largest, privately-held heritage tour company in the U.S. As the original ON/OFF tour in Savannah, they brought their patented “Transportainment®” service in 1993 and have served as the “attraction that takes you to the attractions” for two decades. Using their economically friendly trolley vehicles, they deliver over 300,000 honored guests a year to the doorsteps of retail, restaurant, and attraction businesses city wide. Embracing the company philosophy of civic involvement, GM Charlie Brazil has served in many volunteer positions including chair of the TLC board.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
Flying in and out of Savannah means a trip through the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, the center for air travel in the Coastal Empire of Georgia, the Golden Isles, and South Carolina’s Low Country. The leadership of the Airport Commission has shown a strong commitment to the business community. The executive director, Patrick Graham, has served as Chair of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. Greg Kelly, the assistant executive director, now serves as vice-chair to the board of directors of the TLC.
Savannah Riverfront Association
The Savannah Riverfront hosts many of Savannah’s biggest events, from St. Patrick’s Day to Oktoberfest. As the event-driven arm of Savannah’s tourism industry, this organization is responsible for bringing in hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate on the river. The organization also partners with TLC and Visit Savannah to ensure that the full potential of one the nation’s best historic venues is maximized.
Wet Willies may have started as the frozen daiquiri hot spot on River Street, but in the last 20 years has evolved to now serving frozen daiquiris in 13 locations and catering to online customers across the globe. The Savannah Morning News called Wet Willie’s owner, Dr. Bill Dickinson, the entrepreneur of the year in 2012, and the company’s dedication doesn’t stop there. Wet Willie’s is involved in events and organizations across Savannah. In particular, Wet Willie’s has partnered with TLC on our advocacy efforts for issues along River Street and in City Market.
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
As Savannah’s largest lodging property and only 4-Diamond resort, the Westin takes considerable notice to invest in the local community through various programs, large-scale events, and active involvement with the Tourism Leadership Council. General Manager Mark Spadoni leads the TLC Board as Chairman for 2013. He is the only chair to have served two terms in the TLC history. Spadoni also serves as head of the Savannah Harbor Foundation, a charitable organization with significant contributions to the Savannah community.