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Exploring Savannah: A DMC's Guide for Incentive Travel

Updated: Jun 3

Savannah, Georgia, a city steeped in history, charm, and Southern hospitality, has emerged as a top choice for hosting memorable corporate events and incentive travel experiences. With its rich heritage, restoration efforts led by SCAD, burgeoning culinary scene, diverse tour options, and small-town allure, Savannah offers an unparalleled blend of sophistication and Southern roots. ETHOS Event Collective would like to showcase the unique features that make Savannah a 'must-visit' city.


Savannah boasts various unique features that make it an exceptional destination. Its walkability, convenient shuttles, and downtown hotels minimize travel and bring you right to the heart of the action. Transportation costs remain low with an airport transfer that takes no more than 20 minutes. The city's compact size allows you to make the most of your time, enjoying the destination for longer without the need to travel far for your evening plans. Moreover, those seeking a smaller, upscale, and intimate experience will be delighted by the exceptional locations, providing an elevated atmosphere and ample space to host larger events. In addition, the upcoming expansion of the convention center, surpassing even Tampa's convention center in size, solidifies Savannah as an even more desirable destination for corporate events.


Fountain in the park in Savannah

WE ARE LOCAL

At the core of ETHOS, we believe in harnessing the power of business as a force for good to create positive change in the communities we serve, which is why it is an essential part of our business structure to live and work in these communities every day. We are committed to supporting the local economy and forging meaningful connections in our destinations by partnering with trusted suppliers in Savannah. By sourcing everything we can from local partners within Savannah, we strengthen the local economy and offer you and your guests a truly authentic and immersive experience. Our 'friendors' embody passion and reliability, deeply understanding Savannah's rich history and seamlessly infusing that knowledge into the overall experience—offering unique encounters that won't be found through a simple Google search.



From the moment you arrive on-site, you'll see our creative process bring your event to life. Every detail, from a gifting experience showcasing the local craftsmanship and artistry of Savannah to the carefully curated decor to the locally sourced ingredients for your dinner reservations, each detail is thoughtfully chosen to tell a compelling story about your company, the community you are in, and the people who contributed to making your event possible. Your event becomes an opportunity to connect with the destination on a deeper level and support local artisans, entrepreneurs, and small businesses who make Savannah thrive, making you a part of the fabric of Savannah. By embracing the community and celebrating its talents, you'll be a part of Purposeful Planning™, Meaningful Results, and leave a positive and lasting impact long after the event has ended.


WE ARE THE HOSTESS CITY OF THE SOUTH

  1. History and Charm: Savannah's storied past adds a layer of allure to the city. Every corner of Savannah breathes history from its founding in 1733 to its pivotal role in the American Revolution and Civil War. Corporate event participants can immerse themselves in the city's heritage through guided tours, museum visits, and strolls along the cobblestone streets. The city's enchanting squares, lined with moss-draped oaks and historical monuments, transport visitors to a bygone era, evoking a sense of wonder and admiration.

  2. An Up-and-Coming Culinary Destination: Savannah has emerged as a culinary hotspot, captivating food enthusiasts worldwide where they infuse southern history into food to make it contemporary. The city's vibrant culinary scene combines traditional Southern flavors, innovative techniques, and international influences. Savannah offers various dining options catering to diverse palates, from delectable low-country cuisine to farm-to-table delights. Corporate event attendees can enjoy memorable dining experiences, savoring Savannah's restaurants and eateries' rich flavors and southern hospitality.

  3. Southern Roots and Small-Town Vibes: Despite its growing popularity, Savannah retains its small-town charm and genuine Southern hospitality. The friendly locals, warm smiles, and small businesses create a welcoming atmosphere that invites visitors to feel right at home. Savannah's soulful spirit, southern roots, and laid-back ambiance provide a refreshing break from the routines of corporate life, allowing participants to rejuvenate and find inspiration.

  4. Restoration and Preservation by SCAD: Savannah owes much of its allure to the preservation and restoration efforts led by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). With a commitment to revitalizing historic buildings, SCAD has transformed the cityscape into a living museum. Corporate event attendees can appreciate the intricate architecture, stunning facades, and preserved landmarks as they explore the city. SCAD's influence can be seen in the meticulous restoration of mansions, churches, and squares, providing a captivating backdrop for corporate events.


With that in-depth dive to further understand what sets Savannah apart from many other incentive destinations, let's take a look at some of our client's favorite activities and experiences here:


Diverse Tour Experiences
Savannah Georgia
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History buffs can embark on guided walking tours, exploring iconic landmarks and hearing intriguing stories of the city's past. Nature enthusiasts can visit the nearby coastal marshes and Tybee Island, which offers opportunities for eco-tours and wildlife encounters. Ghost tours and haunted pub crawls cater to those seeking a thrilling and atmospheric adventure. Culinary tours are a great hands-on experience, as many farm-to-table experiences offer fresh, locally grown ingredients. With options ranging far and wide, Savannah has something for everyone.

Sip and Boutique Shopping
Reusable Aluminium Savannah Cup
Reusable Aluminium Savannah Cup

Explore the city's charming boutiques and specialty stores while savoring delicious sips of local wines, craft beers, or refreshing cocktails. This curated experience allows you to discover hidden gems, find one-of-a-kind treasures, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Savannah's shopping scene, making it the perfect outing for those seeking a blend of retail therapy and culinary delights. This experience is unique to Savannah, as they have a laid-back open container policy, allowing you to explore the city with your favorite 'walk-tails.' The town even created an aluminum cup, pictured here, as an initiative for people to support the environment!


Competition Painting with a Twist
Painting
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Engage in friendly rivalry as you unleash your artistic skills and create unique masterpieces, all while enjoying the beautiful outdoor ambiance of Savannah's parks. This interactive and lively activity combines art, drinks, and a touch of friendly competition, making it a memorable and entertaining experience for all. You will have a memento to bring home to remind you of the lovely time you visited, crafted by your two hands!


Wellness Yoga in Forsyth Park:
Woman doing Yoga in a Park
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Move your body and feel refreshed after a revitalizing wellness experience amidst the serene beauty of Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA. Join a yoga session led by experienced instructors, allowing your mind and body to unwind and find balance in this picturesque setting. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner seeking relaxation, this wellness activity in Forsyth Park offers a tranquil escape and a chance to prioritize your well-being in the heart of Savannah.

Georgia Queen Boat
Georgia Queen in Savannah GA
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Elevate your corporate event in Savannah, GA, by chartering the luxurious Georgia Queen boat. Cruise along the scenic Savannah River aboard this elegant vessel, offering breathtaking views of the city's skyline and waterfront. With its spacious interiors, outdoor decks, and top-notch amenities, the Georgia Queen provides an exceptional setting for unforgettable corporate gatherings, team-building activities, or client appreciation events.


VIP experiences are a breeze here, as there is also the option to rent out the entire boat for a sunset dinner cruise, where guests can dress in the Victorian-style themed event, wine, and dine on locally produced products.


WE GIVE BACK

As part of our mission, ETHOS strives to use business as a force for good. That is why we encourage each of our destinations to donate their time to a local cause that resonates with them.

ETHOS Event Collective team volunteering for the Humane Society for Greater Savannah

Our Savannah team volunteers for the Humane Society for Greater Savannah, as they play a vital role in addressing a significant issue that resonates deeply within the Savannah community - the challenge of feral cats. This matter has spurred the organization and its passionate volunteers into action as they work to capture these cats and bring them into their care. Once in their care, the cats receive essential medical attention, including spaying or neutering, to help control the population and prevent further growth. The goal is not only to give these feral cats a chance at a better life but also to protect the local ecosystem and prevent the proliferation of feral cat colonies.


Recently, our team attended their doggy carnival, where over 100 volunteers came together to facilitate adoptions and help dogs find loving homes. This event showcased the organization's commitment to finding forever homes for dogs and highlighted the power of community involvement in making a difference.


Through their unwavering dedication, grassroots support, and harnessing the power of community and compassion, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah continues to significantly impact the lives of animals and the community they call home.


MEET THE SAVANNAH TEAM

This small but mighty team is your strategic ally in Savannah and is ready to plan your next corporate event in this beautiful city. ETHOS has assembled a team with over two decades of industry experience. These seasoned professionals were pivotal in establishing ETHOS's presence in the Savannah Market. Additionally, the team includes a recent SCAD graduate who injects a fresh perspective and artistic flair. This combination ensures you have the perfect balance of creativity and efficiency. No matter the group size, the team is well-equipped to handle any event thanks to their local support staff in Savannah, who are adept at providing on-site and off-site assistance.


Here is the DMC team working behind the scenes for you!





Connect with our on-site team to learn more about Savannah, GA, or begin planning your event here.


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