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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 8:00am

Savannah Draws Conventions Despite Competition

Officials in Savannah say the city is still lining up plenty of convention despite new competition.

The head of Visit Savannah, Joe Marinelli, had worried that new or expanded convention facilities in Jekyll Island, Augusta and Athens would attract some business from Savannah. But he said Savannah is not losing market share even though the competition has changed.

He said the city inked deals for two large conventions last week, including the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, which attracts more than 1,100 people. He said the city is already looking at bookings through 2017.

A meeting planner for the county commissioners, Carol Baker, said Savannah's abundance of full-service hotels is an advantage over other cities.