Greenville to Organize Governor’s Tourism and Travel Conference

 Monday, February 7, 2022 


On Feb. 9th, Gov. of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, will deliver remarks and allocate awards to the industry leaders at the 57th annual South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel at noon. This conference would take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville.

Joining the governor for the awards ceremony will be Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, and Jamarcus Gaston, Greenville lifestyle TV host and producer.

According to a news release, this conference would be the largest annual gathering of the tourism industry of the state. This two-day conference will start on Feb. 7th, opening with a “state of tourism” address from Parrish. After that, networking events, keynotes and tours of the city will be done. The event ends on Feb. 9 after the awards ceremony
Sabrita Maybin, author and TedX speaker; Heather McGowan, a national future-of-work strategist; Kim Palmer, destination optimization program director for Miles Partnership; and Ariana Pernice, vice president of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau, will be among the presenters at the conference.

Awards will include:

· The Governor’s Cup. According to the release, it would be given to the attraction, destination or development that demonstrates “extraordinary success in tourism.”

· The Charles A. Bundy Award. This would be given to the attraction, destination or development that “helps rural communities reach their tourism potential.”

· The Fred Brinkman Award, presented at regular intervals to an individual who has “consistently, over a long period of time, made an outstanding contribution to the tourism industry on a local, regional and statewide level.”

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