FOCUS on TOURISM

July 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Tourism

By Vicky Buck & Lindsay Fruchtl

June Update

The month of May has been great for Tybee’s tourism!  As we celebrate graduations and the end of school, the REAL beginning of summer for Tybee is here!  The “Beach Bum Parade” had its usual water gun wet soaking festivities to continue in the annual tradition!  The EVP Volleyball Tournament brought down lots of folks the next day for some great volleyball playing and the EVP hopes to return next year and have this as an annual event! May was busy with “Georgia On My Mind Days” at the I-95 welcome center where Tybee had a table and lots of interested folks looking for the BEACH!  We’ve already started with promoting “Pirate Fest” in October!

The Georgia Visitor Information Centers, known as the (VIC’s), were honored with an international marketing award for their tourism partnership promotion program.  Tybee has been full of international travel writers and media from all over the world this spring! The Savannah Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Georgia Coast Travel Association will sponsor a group tour and travel planner familiarization tour (FAM) in July and Tybee will host the welcome reception and dinner.  This will be a very exciting time to showcase our island!

Lindsay and Vicky attended a Tourism Leadership Council legislative reception at the Mulberry Inn in May to thank the legislatures for their hard work on tourism at the very long legislative session.  In 2009, the tourism industry generated $850.6 million in revenue for the state of Georgia!  Tourism is the second largest industry in the state which provides almost 250,000 tourism related jobs and $6.9 billion in resident wages, with the Georgia Coast Region being one of the main contributors. To check out tourism in our region and the entire state of Georgia visit ExploreGeorgia.org.  “Tourism is an economic engine that Georgia can count on.”

Besides the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Department, we also have a very strong force in the Tourism Development Alliance of Georgia which is chaired by Savannah native and Tybee lover, Sean McGinnis, publisher of the Georgia Travel Guide and Atlanta Magazine.  “TDAG helps to support appropriate funding of tourism dollars in local communities and give a further understanding of destination marketing.  Tourism is the most important industry in Georgia and the state has the number 8 tourism economy in the country”.

The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center celebrated its tenth anniversary in grand style and Vicky was lucky enough to win a signature bottle of their anniversary wine!  Savannah also had their annual “Taste of Downtown” in Reynolds Square on May 20th and there was quite a showing of Tybee folk!  The food was wonderful and it was a great networking opportunity to promote “Beach Bums” and “EVP Volleyball” which was that weekend!

Work is just about wrapped up on the Tybee Vacation Planner!  We are really excited about this great fulfillment piece which will be an added addition to our marketing and sales efforts.  Even though we have just about finished with the vacation planner, remember that your chamber membership gets you great exposure in the Savannah Visitor Centers, but website presence on savannahchamber.com, visitsavannah.com, and of course tybeevisit.com.

Make it a great and safe Tybee day…
“Keep Tybee Tidy!”

Vicky Buck | Sales and Operations Coordinator
vbuck@tybeevisit.com

Lindsay Fruchtl | Marketing Coordinator
lindsay@tybeevisit.com

Office: 912-786-5444

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