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The 2016 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel will be held February 15 - 17 in Charleston, South Carolina. Industry professionals will hear motivational and inspiring talks from national speakers and exchange ideas on improving the business of tourism.  

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ON-SITE BEGINNING AT 8:30 AM ON FEBRUARY 15TH.

 

The room block at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel is SOLD OUT at the group rate!

Some other options for accommodations in the area are listed below with contact information:

Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District | Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District    Call Rachel Frost at Hyatt House/Hyatt Place 843.207.2299 for a preferred Governor's Conference rate

Courtyard Charleston Historic District | 843.805.7900

Renaissance Charleston Historic District | 843.534.0300

 

2016 Registration Brochure

2016 Registration Form

2016 Sponsor Opportunities

2016 Silent Auction Items

Questions?

Monday, February 15 Session Schedule

2:00 - 3:15pm

Welcome and Opening General Session

Anirban Basu | The Economist Who Loved Me

3:45 - 5:00pm

General Session

Erik Wahl | The Art of Vision

Tuesday, February 16 Session Schedule

9:00 - 10:15am

General Session

Sid Evans | Southern Living: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

10:45 - 11:45am

Breakout Session

Paul Ouimet | DestinationNEXT & the Evolution of Destination Marketing Organizations

10:45-11:45am

Breakout Session

Don Schumacher | Get in the Game with Sports Tourism

10:45-11:45am

Breakout Session

Panel Discussion | New Pathways: Tracking New Trends in Nature-Based Tourism

Chris Crolley | Owner, Coastal Expeditions

Naomi Haverlick| Manager, REI Greenville

Dennis Lewon | Editor-in-Chief, BACKPACKER

Gwen Davenport, Moderator | Sales Manager, SC State Park Service

Wednesday, February 17 Session Schedule

9:00 - 10:15am

General Session

SCPRT All-State Update

10:45-11:45am

Breakout Session

Panel Discussion | Developing a Taste for Tourism in South Carolina

Chef Frank Lee | Executive Chef, Hall Management Group

Dominique Love| CEO, IWSC Group/Atlanta Food + Wine Festival

Marla Tambellini | VP of Marketing, Asheville CVB

Chef Bob Waggoner, Moderator | Entrepreneur, In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner 

10:45 - 11:45am

Breakout Session

Aaron Babbie | The New World of Social: Content, Context and Confusion

 

  Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!