The Tourism Leadership Council (TLC) serves as the leading trade organization for tourism. We represent thousands of people and hundreds of businesses that work in tourism and hospitality. As the largest member organization of its kind, we strive to make our community better every day through education, advocacy, and training.
Who is TLC?
The Tourism Leadership Council (TLC) serves as the leading trade organization for tourism, a $2.9 billion dollar industry in Savannah. With 27,000 employees who work in tourism, we protect the tourism community through vision, advocacy, and action.
With so many major leaders in tourism represented in the TLC membership, the right people are at the table looking at the future of tourism.
We are the second-largest economic factor in the area, and coming together under one umbrella strengthens our voice.
We are involved in legislation that impacts tourism on city, county, state, and federal levels. We also host nationally-known events.
TLC MISSION The mission of the TLC is to provide a unified group with committed leadership pledged to promote, protect and serve the interests of the tourism and hospitality community of the greater Savannah area.
History and Achievements of the Tourism Leadership Council
HISTORY OF TLC
In 1997, seven tourism and hospitality professionals had the vision to establish an organization that would support the local tourism community with programs, scholarships, and other projects. Thirty-seven businesses contributed $1000 each to provide seed money for the organization, and the first TLC meeting was held in July 1998.
Since that time, the organization has grown to hundreds of member businesses. The TLC enjoys a diverse membership, including lodging properties, restaurants, food and beverage distributors, caterers, tour companies, museums, retail shops, printers, banks, non-profit associations, law offices, and many other companies who are touched by the tourism industry.
“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 community 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.”
Tourism Awards Nominations
This is the nomination form for the Service Star and Service Leader Tourism Awards. You can nominate as many people as you would like: we love to hear about all of the best and brightest in the tourism community! Choose the award below that best fits your nominee, and tell us all about them.
Service Star Award
The Service Star Award is presented to a tourism and hospitality industry employee who consistently demonstrates exemplary job performance and goes above and beyond the call of duty as he/she services guests. Eligible candidates must be employed by TLC member businesses. Candidates for the Service Star Award must serve customers either directly (receptionists, restaurant servers, etc.) or indirectly (housekeepers, service technicians, etc.).
The Service Star Award is broken down into five categories: Best Front Desk Employee, Best Valet/Bellman, Best Housekeeper, Best Server, and Best Support Staff (includes back-of-house positions such as dishwashers, stewards, engineers, etc., or front-of-house positions that are not listed). Choose the category that most closely matches your nominee’s role.
Service Leader Award
The Service Leader Award is presented to a managerial level employee who exhibits phenomenal service not only to guests but also to their colleagues through their exemplary leadership. Eligible candidates must be employed by TLC member businesses. Candidates for the Service Leader Award must serve on a supervisor/management level (catering managers, development directors, etc.) and exemplify leadership qualities while offering outstanding service within their business/organization.
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