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Tourism

Savannah exudes a beauty and charm that few, if any, destinations can match. Savannah’s tourism and hospitality industry currently employs over 24,000 people and continues to be one of the largest economic drivers of Savannah. Travel to Savannah remains strong and the city enjoys visitors from all over the world. Most recently, the city was named “A World’s Best City for United States & Canada” by Travel & Leisure.

The Savannah tourism sector attracted nearly 13 and a half million visitors in 2014, surpassing the prior year’s record breaking numbers.  Over 7.5 million were overnight visitors with the remaining from day-trippers.  The visitor spending figure associated with the figures above total $2.5 billion with local hotel/motel tax collections eclipsing $20 million for the first time.

Savannah is full of activity year-round. Although the busiest months in terms of visitation are April, May, and June, tourism activity is spread fairly evenly across the year. For overnight visitors, the mix is 91% leisure travel and 9% business and business-leisure. Over-night visitors stay approximately 2.4 nights in Savannah.

Savannah excels in special interest tourism activities and continues to be an exciting destination. Savannah’s distinctive qualities allow the city to stand out in the crowd. In top interest categories for overnight visitors, Savannah remains far ahead of typical national levels.

For more information, please contact the Visit Savannah at 1.877.SAVANNAH or visit www.VisitSavannah.com.

View 2015 Official Visitor Guide

Tourism’s Impact on Savannah/Chatham County

Description 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of Lodging Rooms (1) 15,026 14,848 14,743 14,983
Person-Stays (Overnight) (2)
6.8 Million 7.0 Million 7.3 Million 7.6 Million
Room Night Demand (1)
3.343
Million
3.502
Million

3.618 Million

3.799 Million

Direct Spending (2)
$1.9
Billion
$2.1
Billion
$2.3 Billion $2.5 Billion
Room Tax Revenue
$15.5
Million
$17.1
Million
$17.9 Million $20.7 Million

Sources: Visit Savannah
1 Smith Travel Research – Chatham County
2 Longwoods International
 

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