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Savannah tourism community discusses crime, the future

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Accentuating the positive, but not shying away from the negative - that's what was said at the front end of the Tourism Leadership Council luncheon Thursday. The negative being the impact of recent crime on the tourism industry.

While acknowledging the perception of crime is still perhaps their greatest challenge, industry leaders believe overall business is trending upward, with highest average hotel occupancy rates that the city has ever seen.

There are other challenges though, and the president and CEO of the TLC talked about that after the meeting with us.

"Believe it or not, the biggest threat that's facing the industry is workforce and workforce development. We're going to have a lot more product coming onto the market, a lot more businesses...a lot more Savannahians are investing in businesses in here. They are all going to require a workforce and a team to make that product happen. And I'm starting to wonder where we're going to get that workforce,” said TLC President and CEO Michael Owens.

At one point, Owens did say the future of tourism in Savannah has never been so bright.

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