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

June 5, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Savannah's Visitor Economy Thrives, Generating $4.4 Billion in 2022

Longwoods International, a leading research firm specializing in tourism and travel, recently released its 2022 Travel USA Report. The report provides an in-depth look at the state of the U.S. domestic travel market, including trends in spending and data for Savannah.

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Courses and Conversations at Red Gate Farms | Tuesday, June 13

At this lunchtime networking opportunity, participants will begin their meal with an appetizer course and networking with other professionals at their table. Then after 20 minutes, guests rotate to another table while enjoying their entrée with another group of peers. 

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Coffee Chats at the Blood Connection | Wednesday, June 21

Kickstart your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and stimulating business conversations with new clients. Attendees can also take the opportunity to learn more about the Blood Connection Center, whose mission is to support healthcare facilities with adequate and safe blood supplies. 

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Business Connection Under the Big Top | Thursday, June 29

This circus-themed networking event will thrill you with cocktails, canapes, live music, and of course, magic! We will be making business connections and great memories, so mark your calendar to join us at the Chamber’s Big Top Business Connection.

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Visit Savannah Sales and Marketing Team Represents Savannah at IPW Conference

The Visit Savannah Sales and Marketing Team recently attended IPW, the largest domestic show for international inbound travel in the U.S. This year’s event was held in San Antonio, Texas, and was attended by over 5,000 people from more than 60 countries. Mindy Shea, Director of International sales, and Jeff Hewitt, Executive Vice President,  Sales & Service, met with 75 tour operators and industry leaders, mostly from Savannah’s top inbound countries of Canada, the UK, and Germany.

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Leadership Savannah Class Learn About Our Region's Manufacturing Industry

This month's Leadership Savannah programming highlighted our region’s most prominent manufacturers and their partners. Leadership Chairmen Mark Bennett who also serves as Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Community Investment at Gulfstream Aerospace gave opening remarks before leading the class on a facility tour where they saw a new jet take its inaugural flight.

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Visit Tybee Hosts Local Businesses for Free Marketing Workshop

Visit Tybee held a marketing workshop in mid-May for all local Tybee businesses to learn more about improving business visibility and drawing more customers. Staff from Visit Tybee, Visit Savannah, and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce were on-site to explain essential practices businesses could implement immediately. 

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Visit Savannah Director of Northeast Sales Attends Networking Event in Philadelphia

Last week, Visit Savannah’s Senior Director of Sales Larry Browder recently visited Philadelphia to conduct sales calls and attend a special customer event. The Philly Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) held their most popular event of the year, a VIP private event at a Phillies game.

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Savannah Theatre Promotes Savannah Live Show at the MLK Visitor Center

Last week, The Savannah Theatre set up a display at the main Visitor Center on MLK informing visitors about the “Savannah Live Show.” Jacob and Mitchell from the theatre were happy to answer questions and provide information about the theatre’s upcoming events. They also handed out candy and discount coupons! The display was a great success, with many visitors stopping by to learn more about the theatre and the show.

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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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Savannah's Perry Lane Hotel was Named #1 in the U.S. and #24 in the World on TripAdvisor's "Traveler Choice Best of the Best"Awards

Savannah’s Perry Lane Hotel has been named the #1 hotel in the United States and #24 worldwide on Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best. The annual awards recognize the top-rated hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers worldwide.

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Promote Your Business for Free with Explorer Days Deals, June 23-24

Get your business in front of’s million + annual viewers for free. Explore Georgia's ‘Explorer Days,’ which will run this year from June 23-24, is an opportunity to promote hotels, restaurants, attractions, and all other visitor experiences on Explore Georgia's website.

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Fearless Fundraising for Small Business Owners Event in Savannah, June 22

Attend the Fearless Fundraising live event where small businesses will hear panelists discuss how to fearlessly raise capital to finance their small business. Along with that, attendees will also learn about Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE), a powerful tool for Georgians looking to raise capital or just grow their already thriving businesses. Financially Fit Event Hosted by GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

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Georgia Clean Energy Roadshow Coming to Savannah, June 23 

The Savannah Georgia Clean Energy Roadshow will be taking place at the Savannah Civic Center on Friday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols leads an annual educational series on alternative fuel vehicles for commercial fleets, transportation planners and municipalities called the Clean Energy Roadshow.

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