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The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

August 15, 2022

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Savannah Will Host ESTO 2023!

This week, the Visit Savannah team attended the U.S. Travel Association's ESTO Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ESTO is the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations. This premier annual learning and knowledge-sharing forum is geared specifically for destination marketing professionals. 

Together with Explore Georgia, the Visit Savannah team announced that next year's conference will be held in Savannah!

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Coffee Chats at the Fairfield Inn | Wednesday, August 17

Calling all early birds to attend this month's Coffee Chats with the Chamber!

Participants will begin with 30 minutes of open networking, then spend 30 minutes listening to each attendee share a 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about who they are and what they do.

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Chamber Expo and Business Connection | Thursday, August 25

Everyone is invited to attend this FREE, all-encompassing business event of the year!

This popular Chamber event welcomes more than 500 members and guests for an afternoon of business networking and community engagement. We have 75 different exhibitor booths this year!

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More Networking
Speed Networking at Grayson Stadium
Coffee Chats at the Clyde Market
2022 Chamber Business Awards Banquet
60th Anniversary Party for Leadership Savannah


Visit Savannah Attend Connect Marketplace in Detroit

Last week, Visit Savannah Sales team along with staffers from the Savannah Convention Center attended the Connect Marketplace Event in Detroit, Michigan.

The 2022 Connect Marketplace is the premier hosted-buyer event that brings together the most active planners, suppliers, and experts from across several industry cross-sectors.

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Summer Tour Operator FAM Trip Returns After a Hiatus

Visit Savannah Domestic Group Tours and Entertainment Director Anjuli King and Mindy Shea, International Sales Director hosted the Summer Tour Operator FAM trip. This FAM trip returns after a lengthy hiatus – the last one was 2019.

For the first time in almost four years, Visit Savannah Tours and Sales team welcomed tour operators from various areas around the United States. Texas, Michigan, and Virginia were some of the many states on the list.

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Savannah Sports Council Welcomes a New Events Manager

Savannah Sports Council is excited to welcome a new Events Manager! Marissa Guarneiri joins the Savannah Sports Council after serving as the Director of Volunteers and Special Projects at Chattanooga Sports.

As Event Manager of the Savannah Sports Council, Marissa will serve as Race Director of the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run and the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon. Additionally, she will manage the Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic and the Georgia Power Sports Awards in addition to numerous other sports events hosted here in Savannah.

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Member Extranet: Billing Updates, Useful Tips, and More

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide you access to the member extranet, a valuable and essential tool to maximize your membership investment.

The Chamber and Visit Savannah will pull content from the extranet for use in annual billing and marketing materials, including those targeted to leisure travelers, meeting planners, and the group tour market, so accurate and timely information is essential.

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Submit Your Fall and Winter Events to our Online Leisure Calendar!

As Fall and Winter approach, Visit Savannah and Visit Tybee will be highlighting happenings across all our digital channels (web, social, email and more). To submit your Fall and Winter events please go to the Member Extranet. If you need help adding or editing your event submission, view this quick two-minute video for helpful tips!

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Visit Savannah One of 3 Finalists for National Award

Visit Savannah's 2021 Incremental Winter Campaign was recently named one of only three finalists for the "Best Digital Campaign Destiny Award," courtesy of U.S. Travel Association.

Hundreds of projects were submitted from around the United States for the award, but Visit Savannah's strategic innovation stood out to the esteemed panel of judges representing a wide variety of verticals. 

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Welcome our newest members and remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!

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Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership.

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Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events, and join us in congratulating the below members who recently hosted a celebration!

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Visit Savannah First Impressionists Network with Statewide Visitor Information Center Folks 

Director of Savannah’s Visitor Information Center, Mava Byrd, and Visit Tybee’s center manager, Liz Hood networked with state and regional Visitor center managers from around the state at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference.

There were round table discussions on visitor services and classes on communication which helped the staff really learn important ideas, especially in this past-pandemic phase.

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Call for Member Businesses to Participate in Homelessness Resource and Job Fair

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless along with the Salvation Army, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Savannah State University, Union Mission, and many others will be sponsoring a “Stand Down for Homelessness Resource and Job Fair” on September 20, 2022.

Employers with openings are also encouraged to participate in a job fair running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day.

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Nominations Open For 2022 Chamber Business Awards 

Every year, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes some of the outstanding businesses in our community and honors individuals that represent local economic drivers in hospitality, manufacturing, and small business.

This is your chance to honor standout leaders and recognize amazing businesses that have contributed so much to our city. Awards will be given in each of the following categories:

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