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Savannah tourism leader says businesses pleased with return of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 5:13 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The St. Patrick’s Day parade marked the start of a busy weekend in Savannah, but it looked different than the packed streets we’ve seen previously.

While the crowds didn’t swallow the sidewalk, businesses say folks were still out and about.

The president and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council said he was in regular contact with owners of hotels, bars and restaurants over the weekend and to start the week Monday and has heard over and over that this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration was the best in years.

“What I heard was, not as rowdy of a crowd, not as wild of crowds. Maybe even fewer within the crowds. But the spending was great, people were having a good time. There was more of a sense of fun and fellowship than maybe we’ve seen in the last couple of years, which is exactly the type of thing we wanted to see changed,” Michael Owens said.

Owens says he has heard some negative feedback from business owners, that the holiday wasn’t as profitable as expected. He pointed out some of those who weren’t as happy were bars charging cover and hotels that had minimum stay requirements.

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