Hospitality Tours and Gifts


Pat Tuttle worked for The City of Savannah for almost thirty years before starting Hospitality Tours and Gifts in 1994. Pat began working in the tourism industry, on a part time basis in 1990, as a Tour Guide for Old Savannah Tours. She fell in love with the tour business and began planning her own leap into the business of providing tours in Savannah. Pat made that leap into entrepreneurship in 1994 by utilizing an SBAC Guaranty loan to purchase one tour bus. And such was the beginning of Hospitality Tours of Savannah – the specialists in “The Book” tours.

Pat was the first person in the tourism industry to recognize a “niche” in the downtown market of Savannah when the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil became a best seller. As a native of Savannah, and experienced tour guide, Pat realized she could parlay her talents as a guide, along with her personal knowledge of the actual Savannians portrayed in “The Book,” into a profitable business. Pat’s “Book” tours were so popular to out of town guest, that she purchased three additional busses and a van to accommodate Savannah visitors interested in seeing the city. Pat also began providing a walking tour of the city.

In1996, Pat leased a location on Bull Street to open a combination business office and gift shop. The gift shop not only provided a central base of operations, but it also improved the revenues of the business because Pat made it the last stop on all her tours. Visitors are able to purchase Savannah items such as “The Book” (autographed copies from the author, a personal friend of Pat’s), Byrd Cookie Company Savannah cookies, voodoo dolls, and the like.

In 1998, Pat was given the opportunity to purchase a storefront where she could move her business and have a stable, long-term location. Pat used an SBA 504 loan to purchase the ground floor of the building, which currently houses Hospitality Tours and Gifts.

Utilizing an SBA MicroLoan, Pat was able to add additional inventory for her gift shop in 2000.

Hospitality Tours and Gifts has received the 1997 Savannah Tech Small Business of the Year Award, and the 1997 Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Business of the Year. Pat has been profiled on Knowledge TV, and has appeared in Southern Living Magazine, Sky Magazine, the New York Times, Le Figaro Magazine, the London Times, Arts and Entertainment on PBS and NBC’s Today Show.

Come visit Pat in her native Savannah where she’ll be happy to share all the gossip with you and yours.