Testimonials

"Being an active member of the TLC is a very important part of my business plan.  My involvement for over the past 10 years has allowed me to stay current on issues that affect our industry as well as connect and establish valuable relationships with other professionals in the hospitality field."
Kristin Detwiler
Savannah Destination Management 

 
"I heard about the TLC through a colleague of mine. TLC has been a great asset to have in our company. TLC offers its members many wonderful benefits, from workforce development, to membership luncheons. I have found these programs to be very successful and highly informational. Two particular items from TLC that my hotel enjoys are the beautiful concierge dining directory and coffee table books. Our guests absolutely love the photography in the books, and enjoy the way that they are put together! They really help to give our guests a wonderful perspective of what they will experience in our city."
Alexa Hankinson
Director of Sales & Marketing
Four Points Historic Savannah
 
"Being a part of the TLC has been one of the best things, hands-down, that I’ve ever done for my business.  The TLC connects me with all of the people who do business with the millions of tourists from around the nation who visit Savannah each year.  The regular luncheons and after-hours events provide great opportunities to meet other professionals and find out about new businesses, events, and trends in Savannah tourism.  The annual scholarship dinner and the other causes the TLC supports help me know that I am making a difference in our community. Simply put, if you want to do business with tourism in Savannah, you can’t afford to NOT be part of the TLC!"
Michael L. Jordan, President
Cosmos Mariner Productions
 
"Membership in the Tourism Leadership Council has numerous benefits to offer its members. The TLC has given the Tybee Island Tourism Council an outlet to keep hospitality members from Savannah and surrounding areas aware of what’s happening on Tybee Island…Savannah’s Beach. As with any organization you get what you put into it! Attending the luncheons, socials and being involved with one or more of the committees and/or councils is key and has given me the opportunity to build relationships with our tourism partners. This relationship building has allowed me to pull resources when needed to help my organization. I serve on the Programs and Development Committee and have really enjoyed being involved on this committee! The meetings are always productive and the staff takes the time to listen to our ideas and does a wonderful job of turning these ideas into tangible objectives for the TLC. On this note, the staff of the TLC is wonderful about keeping the TLC membership informed of not only what is happening within the TLC, but also with the tourism industry as a whole on a local and state level. Having this liaison with the State allows Savannah area tourism to have a clear and consistent voice with the key decision makers in the tourism industry.  Overall I can’t say enough good things about my experiences with the TLC!"
Lindsay Fruchtl
Marketing Director
Tybee Island Tourism Council
 
"Prince Bush Smith Hotels is a Savannah based hotel company with for hotels and over 250 employees.  We have been a member of the TLC since it began over10 years ago (you can insert date if that's better).  Through the years, the TLC has provided many wonderful and critical training opportunities for our staff.  Frontline training is a critical training component which ensures all of our industry employees are knowledgeable and well versed in tourism related mobility and attraction opportunities.  TLC made this training affordable and possible and our visitor experience has been significantly enhanced by this effort.  Other affordable training opportunities like Safe Serve, TIPS, and Human Resource law training  have kept our employees informed of policies and kept them up to date with their required certification. Whenever we have a new member of management, we always make sure they attend the monthly luncheons.  These luncheons are a great opportunity to network, share your product and service, meet great people, and enjoy an informative speaker.  While we are always busy dealing with our own business, we never seem to have the time to get out and become active in advocating for our industry. The TLC works tirelessly, keeping us informed and putting industry leaders and community leaders together solving a lot of issues that could otherwise be harmful to our business.  We appreciate all the TLC does for us and our community."
The PBSH Staff
 
"As an historic house museum and one of the primary destinations in Savannah, it has been important for the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace to expand our reach throughout the tourism industry. Through our membership in the TLC, we have gotten to know and work with an amazing group of individuals and businesses that are committed to Savannah tourism and we especially appreciate the organizations commitment to representing the needs of our industry."
Fran Powell Harold
Director
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
 
"Some 13 years ago a luncheon meeting was held at the Windows restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency. In attendance were Sheldon Fox, GM of the Hyatt, Rod Musselman, GM of the Hilton DeSoto, Julie Ford, Director of the Hilton Head Hospitality Association and myself. 
 
The outcome of this meeting produced two very significant events; Julie and Rod began dating, eventually marrying. They are now the proud parents of Gran, an energetic nine year old.
 
The second was the beginning of the Tourism Leadership Council. The original intent of the organization was to give a united voice to the hospitality industry in Savannah without the oversight of local government. Through the ongoing years the organization has expanded its role and has become a true advocate for hospitality training, leadership and networking. 
 
The four of us are very proud of this organization and feel confident it will continue to flourish." 
Sandy Hollander
Owner, 45 Bistro