25,000 people are headed to Savannah for National Beta Club Convention

Visitors will be shuttled across the river via the Savannah River Queen. (WTGS/ Caitlyn Penter)

A total of 25,000 people are expected to be in Savannah for the National Beta Club Convention, making this the largest convention in Savannah's history.

According to the National Beta Club website, this week "offers Beta members the opportunity to share project ideas and showcase their academic and leadership abilities with peers from around the globe."

The convention will take place at the International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island, and guests are urged to take a boat over to River Street.

City officials partnered with Savannah Riverboat Cruises to tackle the issue of transportation for the record-breaking amount of guests. They have been planning the event for six straight weeks.

“With a group this size, there’s not enough transportation across the river without using the large river boat,” said Captain Jonathan Claughton, president of Savannah Riverboat Cruises.

Local business owners are excited for the uptick of foot traffic near their shops and stands.

“The opportunity to have two kids or 50 kids or 100 kids is really really awesome," said Jessica McLeod of Hand To Hand Creations.

According to Savannah PD, patrol will run as usual for the convention.

Junior Beta members will begin arriving Tuesday and will stay until Saturday.

Senior members will be in Savannah from June 17-20.

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