Tourism Awards tickets, news from Savannah-Chatham Day and more in this issue.
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Letter from the President

As we start off in 2016, there are already so many exciting things happening with your TLC.

We’re gearing up for the “Oscars of Tourism” event happening in just a few weeks. The 18th Annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner will be a great night as we honor some of the best and brightest from our community. We’ll also be awarding scholarships to some amazing up-and-coming tourism leaders.

The 2016 board was voted in at the January TLC Connection Luncheon. You can see who is serving on the executive committee and the board of directors for 2016. Also, in this edition, you can find the link to the new tour guide manual that was developed by historians and stakeholders to revamp the process of certifying tour guides.

This is going to be an exciting year for TLC. Join us in what’s happening in our community, and as always, let me know how we can serve you

For Tourism,

Michael Owens, President/CEO

In this Issue:

Savannah-Chatham Day

Michael Owens, in addition to newly-inaugurated mayor Eddie DeLoach, and other representatives from Savannah, traveled to Atlanta for Savannah-Chatham Day. The day is an opportunity for attendees to meet with legislators on issues that affect our city.

One of the big accomplishments this legislative session is getting $244 million of state funds allocated to a complete rebuild of the I-16/I-95 interchange. Another project that has received state funds is a rebuild of the sidewalks on Broughton Street. These projects have both been in the works for a long time, and it is great to see them come to fruition.  

Tour Guide Certification

After several months of hard work, the tour guide certification manual is available for download. We will begin offering certification tests soon; contact Director of Operations Hallie Mobley Anderegg to schedule a test time. The test will be $50 for the first two attempts, and $20 for each additional attempt in the calendar year. Click here to download the manual. 

With so many shining stars to honor, you won’t want to miss the Tourism Awards & Scholarship Dinner, a black-tie affair that honors the best and brightest in the tourism community. The awards will be held on February 18 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Ballroom, starting with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm. If you would like to purchase a table for your team or become a sponsor, contact Member Services and Sales Manager Ron Scalf. Or, if you’d like to purchase an individual ticket, click here.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors who are helping to make this very special occasion happen. As you’re making your purchasing decisions, please note those who sponsor our community.

We held our TLC membership meeting during the January luncheon at Belford’s. Those present voted on a slate of directors to include new representatives: Ruel Joyner with 24e, Kellie Linder with Hotel Indigo, and Joe Marinelli with Visit Savannah. You can check out the leaders of the 2016 TLC below.

The luncheon also featured security expert Gary Glemboski of the Global Tactical Training Group, who spoke about ways to protect yourself from potential threats. See more photos from the event on our Facebook page. We will not have the February luncheon because of the 18th Annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner. Our next luncheon will be held March 24 aboard the Savannah Riverboat. Click here to register.

Our concierge visited Savannah’s new makerspace, Maven Makers. They learned about the space’s new class series, aimed at visitors to the city. With just an hour of two of time, guests can visit the makerspace and build a memento of their time in Savannah, like a wine glass tray or wine bottle holder.

The next CCA mixer will be held on February 9 at The Florence. Click here to RSVP.

The Coastal Concierge Association has also made strides in developing a board of advisors for the group, made up of concierge from a variety of properties.
Chair: Daniel Gleason, Andaz
Vice-Chair: Melinda Ellenberger, Andaz
Secretary: Gloria Johnson, Mansion on Forsyth Park
Media Director: Amanda Marks, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Jeanne Nikles, Comfort Inn & Suites
Hallie Mobley Anderegg, TLC

A warm welcome to new members Coastal Voice, Chicken Salad Chick and York Street Vacation Condos!

Congratulations to the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront on their grand opening, which was held on January 21!

Expedia has a new representative serving the Savannah, Hilton Head and Tybee Island area. A warm welcome to Associate Market Manager Scott Brannen,  who can assist lodging properties with their Expedia usage! You can reach him via email at or phone at 912.238.1456.

The Historic Savannah Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 HSF Preservation Awards, which recognize those who have played a major role in historic preservation. The nomination form and full details on eligibility and submission criteria is available online at The deadline for nominations is February 29.

Ranco Tent Rentals and Savannah Special Events by Ranco have merged to operate out of one office, under the name Savannah Special Events by Ranco. Find their new office at 117 Westside Blvd., Pooler, GA 31322 and online at

Hotel Tybee will once again host the Challenge Walk MS: Savannah, a three-day, 50 mile walk to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis. The walking route goes through Tybee Island, historic Savannah, and Skidaway Island. Registration for participants and volunteers is now open online at or by calling 855-372-1331.

The Savannah Waterfront Association has many exciting events planned for River Street in 2016. See the image below for the event schedule. 

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