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Mar. 20 – VisitSavannah reports Savannah awarded 2017 Accolades by Harper’s Bazaar and Southern Living

Category: Hospitality & Tourism

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 20, 2017 - Savannah has been named No. 2 on Harper’s Bazaar Magazine’s list of the “10 Best Summer Vacation Hotspots that will Save You Money This Year” and Southern Living Magazine’s No. 2 “South’s Best City.”

It’s this type of exposure that helps to drive tourism traffic to the city, and it’s the job of the VisitSavannah staff to work with all media to make sure the city is included in various rankings that come out each year.

VisitSavannah also purchases ads in a long list of tourism publications to keep the hotel rooms full, funds that come to the city’s tourism agency through sales tax receipts.

According to Summer Bozeman with VisitSavannah, “One of the oldest and most respected national magazines in the country, Harper’s Bazaar touts Savannah as a ‘walkable city with an abundance of historic charms’ and a particularly affordable price point during the summer months.” The article suggests visitors take advantage of unique touring opportunities like Architectural Tours of Savannah and the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene, the article states. Savannah was listed among noted international destinations including Cannes and Venice, as well.

Savannah was also honored with a ranking on Southern Living’s 2017 “South’s Best Cities” list, and Tybee Island was included on the list of the “South’s Best Islands,” according to Bozeman.  The “South’s Best” awards were determined by reader polls conducted in late 2016.  President of Visit Savannah Joseph Marinelli (pictured) states the community is especially honored to be included on a reader-selected list.

"Being ranked so high by Southern Living Magazine’s readership tells the world that we have what today's distinguished traveler is looking for,” says Marinelli. “From the beautiful preservation effort in our National Historic Landmark District to our current array of lodging options, fine restaurants and unique shops, tours and attractions, we indeed have what folks are looking for!"

Other Savannah destinations honored by Southern Living’s “South’s Best” 2017 rankings are The Grey (No. 2, “South’s Best Restaurant”), The Mansion on Forsyth Park (No. 6, “South’s Best Hotel”), The Foley House (No. 1, “South’s Best Inn”), The Paris Market (No. 1, “South’s Best Shops”) and Shop SCAD (No. 4, “South’s Best Shops”).

Visit Savannah serves as the official destination marketing organization for the Savannah area tourism industry and is committed to driving economic prosperity in the greater Savannah community through increased overall visitation and related spending while continuing to build upon Savannah’s image as a world-class destination, according to its leadership. 

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