From its manicured downtown district to the awe-inspiring riverfront views, Savannah's air of undeniable elegance makes it a one-of-a-kind destination. One of the South's most popular and unique meeting locales, Savannah is quick to shower guests with classic Southern hospitality from the moment they arrive, whether by car, train, or plane at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Having recently completed a $14 million terminal expansion project, the airport offers passengers an even more comfortable travel experience to and from 15 non-stop, coast-to-coast destinations.
After arrival, guests are greeted by a unique layout of squares, parks and open spaces punctuated with Spanish moss, live oaks, magnolias and azaleas. Among the grandeur of its antebellum homes and historic buildings lays a wealth of modern, contemporary meeting sites. Just a two-minute ferry ride away from the city on Hutchinson Island, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center offers an impressive 330,000 square feet of space. Four executive boardrooms are equipped to host professional gatherings. The views of Savannah's 19th century waterfront set the stage for an elegant reception or gala at the 10,000-square-foot River Concourse.
Over 900 events also find a home at the Savannah Civic Center each year. From the Martin Luther King Arena to the Johnny Mercer Theatre, one of the largest prosceniums in the Southeast, the center is an ideal location for regional parties, receptions, meetings, concerts, performances and more. With a staff of over 300 members, planners can rest assured that events large and small will run smoothly at the civic center.
Beyond the traditional event facilities, meeting planners are greeted by a number of unique Savannah event venues that provide a welcoming taste of Savannah hospitality. A carriage owned by Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Lowe is one of many artifacts creating a unique backdrop for events at the Savannah History Museum. Serve cocktails to up to 150 guests in the elegant Telfair Academy of the Telfair Museum of Art, or host a corporate meeting of up to 40 people in the Flight Room at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.
Savannah's mild weather and blue skies also beckon guests outside the boardroom. Take advantage of team-building tour opportunities that give groups a chance to bond and have fun. Meeting groups can enjoy scenic views of Savannah's riverfront and watch bottlenose dolphins frolic around Tybee Beach on Dolphin Magic Tours. Get an insider's look at the history and sights of Savannah with Old Town Trolley Tours, or delve into the city's chilling secrets on Cobblestone Tour's Haunted History Tour.
Savannah's major industries include manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and shipping. The city serves as headquarters for corporations such as Georgia Ports Authority, General Dynamics Aviation Services and Gulfstream Aerospace. Higher learning also holds a strong presence in the city, as Savannah is home to Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah State University and South University.