Savannah has long been called the hostess city of the south, and there’s no wonder why. Our tourism community prides itself on welcoming residents and guests alike to take advantage of all this historic city has to offer.
Tourism allows the entire community to benefit. Because the industry serves more than 13 million visitors each year, locals and guests alike have more to choose from and a better quality of life.
Without a thriving tourism community, we would not have the selection of delicious restaurants, exciting attractions, and better retail shops. In fact, our streets are safer with more people walking around.
Tourism employs more than 26,000 people directly. That’s 1 in 7 employed people working in tourism in Savannah. No other industry gives workers the ability to advance within the career. Many of the top executives working in our city started as valet and servers.
When visitors come to Savannah, they spend money, $2.07 billion in 2012. This economic impact helps our small business owners as well as the tax revenue to pay for the public services that make our city beautiful.