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Tourism

Savannah exudes a beauty and charm that few, if any, destinations can match. Savannah’s tourism and hospitality industry 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 continued to grow in 2012 with total overnight person-stays increasing from 6.8 million in 2011 to 7.0 million. In 2012, over 12 million visitors came to Savannah including 7.0 million overnight visitors and 5.3 million day-trippers. The demand for rooms increased 1.8% in 2012, with visitor spending increasing 7.7% to approximately $2.1 billion. Room tax revenue in 2012 once again set a record high. Climbing to $17.1 million, it surpassed the previous year’s record value of $15.5 million.

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 84% leisure travel and 16% business and business-leisure. Over-night visitors stay approximately 2.3 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 and Chatham County

Description 2011 2012 2013
Number of Lodging Rooms (1) 15,026 14,848 14,743
Person-Stays (2)
6.8 Million^
(overnight)
5.3 Million^
(day-trippers)
7 Million^
(overnight)
5.4 Million^
(day-trippers)
7.3 Million^
(overnight)
5.7 Million^
(day-trippers)
Room Night Demand (1)
3.343
Million
3.502
Million
3.614 Million
Direct Spending (2)
$1.95
Billion^
$2.1
Billion^
$2.29 Billion^
Room Tax Revenue (3)
$15.5
Million
$17.1
Million
$17.9 Million

Sources: Visit Savannah
1 Smith Travel Research – Chatham County
2 *D. K. Shifflet and Associates, Ltd. – City of Savannah Only
3 ^Longwoods International
4 City of Savannah/Chatham County/Tybee Island


 

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