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.
A new tourism marketing campaign emphasizes the state’s modern attractions. The Georgia Department of Economic Development is calling the campaign “The South with a Twist.” And it’s targeting women, because research shows they typically make the travel decisions for their families.
Fourteen majestic ships recalling a bygone age of ocean travel have transformed Savannah's bustling port into a harbor of yore. The Tall Ships Challenge officially got underway on Thursday. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to view the ships on River Street. Many will tour the vessels and take cruises. The festival continues through Monday.
Jekyll Island is looking for shops and restaurants to fill 35,000 square feet of new retail space planned for the state park. The authority that operates the state-owned island had to take over the retail development recently after its private developer partner was forced out of the project because it lacked the money to begin construction.
Savannah is getting ready for a busy weekend as thousands of gaudy green tourists are expected to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Georgia's oldest city holds its sprawling St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, and the weekend celebration has organizers predicting a very profitable event for local businesses.
Big changes are coming to Savannah’s River Street, the waterfront heart of the city's tourism empire. Over the next few years, the street is expected to get two-new hotels and a first-ever restaurant on the actual river-bank. But that's just the beginning.