South Carolina: Made for Vacation.
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The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) is a cabinet agency assigned to operate and manage South Carolina’s 47 state parks, to market the state as a preferred vacation destination and to provide assistance to communities for parks, recreation and tourism development and promotion. The agency is perhaps most widely recognized for its leadership role in promoting and supporting South Carolina’s number one industry – tourism.


SCPRT’s vision to enhance the economic well-being and improve the quality of life of all South Carolinians guides its operations, and provides a benchmark for hundreds of employees to measure their day-to-day contributions. It also is the basis for South Carolina's new Tourism Action Plan, a statement that projects a bright future if proper investments are made in tourism.  Details about the agency’s activities can be found throughout this website.


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SC Department of Parks,
Recreation & Tourism

1205 Pendleton St
Columbia, SC 29201

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Winners Announced for State Park Photo Contest's Winter Season
Three South Carolinians capture first place in People, Wildlife and Landscape categories. Qualify for grand prize.

February 2015 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in SC
All indicators show improvement year-to-date; plus welcome center re-opens & other news about SC tourism.

January 2015 News and Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
This month's e-newsletter shows rising economic indicators, outlines SCPRT's vision for tourism in 2015 and offers news.

$13.8 Million Invested in new Myrtle Beach Sports Center
Will be a tournament facility for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, wrestling and other youth sports.

December 2014 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
Banner year sets stage for a bright future; economic indicators are up; parks offering First Day Hikes.

$7 Million Invested in New Inn at Crossroads in Lake City
New downtown hotel encourages visitors to stay longer in this classic small town.

$31 Million Invested in New Aloft Hotel in Downtown Greenville
Trendy hotel offers 144 rooms, rooftop amenities, all overlooking boutique area of downtown Greenville.

Tourism Today for November 2014
Features news and economic indicators of tourism in South Carolina.

$30 Million to be Invested in New Oceanfront Homewood Suites in Myrtle Beach
It will join the Hampton Inn next door to become the first dually branded oceanfront resort hotel for Hilton Worldwide.

$7 Million Invested in new Soccer Complex in Florence
Helps community become a destination for youth sports tournaments.