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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 one of “America’s Top 10 Waterfronts” by USA Today .

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 2014 Official Visitor Guide

Tourism’s Impact on Savannah and Chatham County

Description 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number of Lodging Rooms (1) 13,898 14,745 14,893 15,026 14,848
Person
Stays (Overnight) (2)
6.1 Million 6.1 Million
6.3
Million
6.8
Million
7.0 Million
Room Night Demand (1) 2.991 Million 3.038 Million 3.240 Million
3.43
Million
3.491
Million
Direct Spending (2) $1.9 Billion $1.6 Billion $1.7 Billion
$1.95
Billion
$2.1
Billion
Room Tax Revenue (3) $14.0 Million $12.9 Million $14.4 Million
$15.5
Million
$17.1
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 Local Municipalities – Chatham County


 

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