Published on: Aug. 14, 2023
Visit Savannah Hosts U.S. Travel Association’s ESTO Conference, Bringing Over 1,200 Attendees August 19-22

Visit Savannah will welcome the U.S. Travel Association’s 39th annual Tourism Marketing Conference, “ESTO,” August 19-23 at the Savannah Convention Center.

ESTO is an annual conference for destination marketing professionals from city, regional, and state tourism offices. Each year the conference is held in a different destination and features four days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and industry awards.

“ESTO is the Superbowl of conferences for destination marketers, but Savannah and our brand of southern hospitality will be the showstopper,” said Visit Savannah president Joseph Marinelli.

“ESTO will bring more than 1,200 conference attendees to town in a historically low occupancy period for four days of destination emersion as they stay in our hotels, shop in our shops and dine in our amazing restaurants.” Marinelli went on to say that conference goers and support staff will contribute more than $875,000 to Savannah’s visitor economy over the event. ESTO reports the Savannah conference is a sell-out with record-breaking attendance. Visit Savannah last hosted ESTO in 2010.

“Travel is essential to the success and vibrancy of states and communities nationwide, including Savannah,” said Geoff Freeman, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.” Our ESTO program this year is designed to give travel leaders the tools and best-in-class practices needed to advance the destinations they represent.”

For more information on ESTO, please click here.

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