If you’ve been to downtown Savannah recently, you’ve no doubt seen the onslaught of visitors into our city. This is tourism’s busy season. And it’s the reason we celebrate National Tourism and Travel Week from May 2-10.
Late Tuesday night the Georgia House of Representatives as well as the state Senate passed the bill, which included a new tax of $5 to be added to all lodging establishments in the state. The tax will be levied per room, per night effective July 1.
Pick an industry. Any industry. The one thing you need is good, qualified employees.
In tourism, it’s something we spend a great deal of time on — talking, planning and working toward feeding the need to employ 24,000 tourism workers in Savannah.
For 87 years, the Academy has been awarding those Oscar statues to the best and brightest of Hollywood. On Sunday, millions will tune in to see who wins the coveted awards and who looks best walking down the red carpet.
There are a handful of professions where the doors will be open no matter what holiday. Hospitals are staffed in case anything goes wrong. Newsrooms are open because news doesn’t stop. Many grocery stores, convenient stores and shops have limited hours.
There’s always two sides to a story. The customers is always right. And the customer sometimes gets it wrong. In the tourism community, we’re all here to serve. We base our entire career on making other people happy. It’s drilled in to the core of every good hospitality worker that the customer is always right. That’s not always the case.
If you’re like me and you like good food, you’ve noticed a tide has changed in Savannah. We have more places offering great food than ever before. I know this because we’ve been celebrating all things food and wine this week at Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Today is the signature event, Taste of Savannah in Ellis and Johnson squares from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.