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Savannah, GA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 102
Total Sleeping Rooms 10,185
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 403
Committable Meeting Rooms* 23
Convention Center Space 50,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 97,750 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 55,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $98
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $394
*Maximum for a single hotel

Savannah, GA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Savannah, a city guide for meeting professionals. Meet in Savannah for a one-of-a-kind experience that mixes historic architecture, cultural attractions, coastal cuisine and scenic beauty with successful conventions, meetings and special events. Savannah's eclectic sophistication will enthrall attendees, and 22 park-like, moss-draped squares placed throughout historic downtown will make them feel relaxed and focused. Elegant accommodations within blocks of abundant meeting venues make gatherings in Savannah a step above the rest.

Located just seven miles northwest of the Savannah Historic District, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport sees more than 1.5 million passengers per year as they travel on one of an average of 45 daily departures to locations throughout the U.S. Despite its name, the airport currently does not offer commercial international flights, but it does have service to 15 nonstop, coast-to-coast destinations. Allegiant Air has recently added nonstop, seasonal flights from Ohio cities, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Akron/Canton to Savannah.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, situated on the Savannah River, offers a modern, spacious venue for your next meeting, convention or special event. With a total of 330,000 square feet, the facility offers 100,000 square feet of prime exhibit space and 50,000 square feet of flexible space. Up to 21 breakout rooms are in the space, including 13 meeting rooms, four executive board rooms, a 25,000 square foot grand ballroom and a state-of-the-art auditorium. A 45 by 30 foot hangar door allows large equipment and aviation-oriented trade shows to be displayed in the center's exhibit hall. Additional meeting facilities located throughout downtown Savannah include the Coastal Georgia Center and the Savannah Civic Center.

There are a variety of convention hotels throughout Savannah including the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (403 rooms), Savannah Marriott Riverfront (383 rooms), Hyatt Regency Savannah (347 rooms) and the Hilton Savannah Desoto (246 rooms). Nearly 5,000 rooms are available at various hotels in the Historic Meetings District and more than 15,000 total hotel rooms in the greater Savannah area. All hotels and meeting spaces in the Historic Meetings District are located within walking distance to numerous high-style boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and more.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is one of the busiest in the Southeast. With more than 43 daily non-stop flights via American, Delta, Jet Blue, United and US Airways from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, it's easier to get here than ever before. The low-cost CAT shuttle and DOT shuttle are available for quicker travel, including a direct route from the airport to downtown. Once here, there are several ways to get around, with many visitors preferring to explore pedestrian-friendly Savannah by foot.

With more than 45 cultural attractions, Savannah draws meeting attendees craving a diverse experience. Trolley, Segway, and walking tours covering history, hauntings, architecture and food will fill down time with excitement and entertainment. Meeting attendees also are sure to enjoy Savannah's palate-pleasing, coastal cuisine and farm-to-table fare served at restaurants throughout the city.

Savannah's entire hospitality industry and business community works together to meet and exceed planners' requirements. Combined with the array of services found in Savannah, an expertly executed event can be created for any size group.

About Savannah, GA / Additional Info

A National Historic Landmark, Savannah's beautiful Historic District is well known for its grid plan. Bordered by the Savannah River, East Broad Street, Gwinnett Street, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, the historic district was laid out in 1733 around four public squares to be used for forums and meetings. By 1851, it had expanded to 24 public squares, 21 of which remain today within the half-square-mile district.

Savannah's first National Historic Landmark is the birthplace and childhood home of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. Purchased by the Girl Scouts in the 1950s, it has been restored and furnished with original family pieces, including Low's own artwork. The home’s "Savannah box" style is known for its simple, practical design, marked by a center hall flanked by rooms on both sides. Special theme tours for groups are available by reservation.

Other notable structures include the 1818 Owens-Thomas House at Oglethorpe Square, the 1795 Spencer Woodbridge House on Habersham Street, the 1853 Gothic Revival Greene House at Madison Square, and the 1865 Beach Institute (the city's first African American school), on East Harris Street. The Mercer House in Monterey Square, recently the home of antiques dealer Jim Williams, was featured in John Berendt's novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The Savannah Historic District is the location of many of Savannah's most cozy cafes and unique boutiques. Guest can enjoy a traditional tea over scones and jam at The Tea Room, or indulge in fried chicken and Southern sides at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room. Shopaholics can pick up all manner of items, from sheets and linens to French antiques to handmade jewelry, at stores such as Savannah Fine Linens, Paris Market & Brocante, Shop SCAD, and E. Shaver, Bookseller. Self-guided tours of the historic district are available from the Savannah Visitor Center.

Created in 1851, 30-acre Forsyth Park is Savannah's largest and most popular park. Its forms the southern border of Bull Street in the historic district. Once here, visitors can explore Confederate and Spanish-American War memorials or hike the one-mile perimeter pathway that sweeps past beautiful historic homes.

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