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

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.

About Savannah, GA / Additional Info

Savannah is the perfect blend of quaint Southern charm and global sophistication thanks to a rich heritage and modern spirit. Tracing its roots back to 1733, Savannah was founded as the first city of the colony of Georgia, established by General James Oglethrope and 120 passengers of the ship Anne. Thanks to its rich soil and mild climate, the city prospered before the Civil War and at the turn of the 20th century in the cultivation of cotton and rice. Though the city suffered from devastating fires, hurricanes and crop infestation throughout its history, it never lost its spirit.

Today, over 360,000 people live in the Savannah and Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan areas. Thanks to the efforts of organizations such as the Historic Savannah Foundation, much of the city's heritage and architecture has been preserved and restored for guests to enjoy today. A National Historic Landmark, Savannah's Historic District is one of the largest historic landmarks in the nation. Here, guests can visit 21 public squares, each filled with monuments and structures that commemorate the city's most important people and events.

The Historic District isn't the only place to enjoy Savannah's beautiful outdoors and rich history. Explore the parade grounds, battle areas and well-weathered halls of Old Fort Jackson, the oldest standing brick fortification in the state. Just 15 miles from downtown, neighboring Tybee Island is a favorite for day trips. Here, guests can also see the impressive Tybee Island Lighthouse, one of just a few 18th century American lighthouses still in operation.

Savannah's 276-year-old history is also preserved in several can't-miss museums. Learn about the struggle for civil rights in Georgia's oldest African American community at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Delve into Savannah's seafaring past at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. To learn about the city's history from A to Z, guests can stop by the Savannah History Museum, home to more than 10,000 artifacts that range from 19th and 20th century women's fashions to weapons and military items.

After a long day of sightseeing, guests who work up an appetite will feel right at home in Savannah. Rapidly becoming a foodie favorite, Savannah has a palate that ranges from low-country favorites of she-crab soup to fine dining offerings of mustard-garlic glazed salmon. Indulge in Southern favorites such as fried chicken, collard greens and peach cobbler at Savannah landmark restaurant The Lady & Sons, opened by celebrity chef Paula Deen. Just like its filling comfort food, the city of Savannah will surely keep guests satisfied long after the trip has ended.

 
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