JetBlue flew its first flight into Savannah Thursday morning. Local officials were on the plane from New York's JFK airport. The dignitaries hailed the discount airline's arrival as a boost for local business and tourism.
Flights from Savannah rank high on a list of pricey airfares. A new report from the US Transportation Department doesn't come as a surprise to Savannah-area travelers who drive to Jacksonville or Charleston to fly cheaply. The dilemma is partly due to the city's "not-too-small, not-too-big" market size.
Officials are saying that recent numbers show trends in the age and economic impact of Savannah's visitors. The average age of a visitor in now in the early to mid-40's, while the average amount of money spent per party during an overnight stay is $507.
Fourteen majestic tall ships are temporarily transforming Savannah's historic waterfront into a harbor of yore. The old-style sailing vessels are docking in Savannah for the Tall Ships Challenge. It's the first time in 15 years the city has hosted a tall ships festival.
The state Department of Economic Development will spend more than $13 million over the next five years on a contract aimed at promoting tourism, film and global commerce. The contract with an Ohio-based marketing firm covers ad campaigns, media buys and sponsorships for the agency's three divisions.