President, Visit Savannah
Joseph “Joe” Marinelli has served in the role of President of Visit Savannah since January, 2007. Prior, Joe was the Senior Vice President at Experience Columbus. A DMAI member since 1998, Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Savannah Chamber, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Savannah Music Festival, Georgia Association of CVBs, and the Tourism Development Alliance of Georgia. Industry affiliations include the ASAE, PCMA, Religious Convention Management Association, Southeast Tourism Society and the Georgia Society of Association Executives.
In his 10 years in leading the Columbus sales, services, tourism and membership departments, the organization recorded all-time highs for sales production and membership revenues. Since joining his new team, Savannah has achieved record numbers for visitation, visitor spending and hotel/motel tax collections.
He has also led expansion efforts into the UK market and is responsible for the creation of a multi-state “regional marketing alliance” involving DMOs in Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, Brunswick/St. Simons Island, and Amelia Island.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Joe is married and has an eight-year old son.