The Hostess City of the South is playing host to one of the country’s premier tourism marketing events as it welcomes the U.S. Travel Association’s 39th annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations this week.  The event will bring in more than 1,300 tourism professionals to Savannah for the first time in 13 years, a period over which the city has reinvented itself as a tourism and convention hot spot.  Back in 2010 Savannah ranked 154th in terms of convention destinations, and today has climbed all the way to 71st nationwide.  It figures to plan further with another expansion to its convention center.  Since 2015 the number of tourists visiting Savannah has grown by some 25%, quite the accomplishment and a reflection of investments city officials have made particularly along the River Walk area downtown.  And the ESTO is a tourism event in and of itself – the conference is projected to have an economic impact on the city of more than $1 million.

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