2020 Connect Association 15 Over 50: Jeff Hewitt, CDME

Jeff Hewitt, CDME, is the senior vice president of Visit Savannah and Visit Tybee Island. He is based in Savannah, Georgia.

2020 Connect Association 15 Over 50: Jeff Hewitt, CDME

Jeff Hewitt, CDME, describes himself as innovative, driven and dedicated. Learn more about him.

How I got here: After 15 years and nine cities on the hotel side, Savannah is my third DMO in 20 years. I got here because this is where I wanted to be. 

Impressive stats: Tourism in Savannah generates $3.1 billion in direct spending and we host 14 million visitors per year. In nine years, our team has grown room night contributions from 80,000 to 255,000.

Specific improvement I’ve made: I recently introduced a new pricing model for convention center rental that simplifies and streamlines our process. We are now more user friendly and more competitive than ever before.

What I am working on now: We’ve been building the case for an expansion of our convention center that would double its size and add a second headquarter hotel. We’ve gained the governors support and we hope to make an announcement that will include a groundbreaking date in the very near future.

What I do outside of work: Beyond an occasional game of golf or walk on the beach, I’m a home improvement nerd. I don’t think there’s much I can’t fix or build. 

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