GA – June 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / Travel
South USA is pleased to announce that registration for its 6th Annual
Travel South USA International Showcase in Charleston, South Carolina is
open. Early-bird registration offers discounted rates and is open until
September 1, 2017, at which time full registration rates will resume.
South USA International Showcase brings together qualified international
tour operators, U.S. Receptive Tour Operators, and Southern tourism entities
for three days of appointments, networking, terrific food, and entertainment.
South USA International Showcase is the only regional, appointment-style
marketplace focused solely on the cultural, musical, artistic, and culinary
heritage of the South.
Travel South USA were a state, the region would be the fifth largest recipient
of inbound travelers, behind California, New York, and Las Vegas. In 2015,
6.7 million international visitors traveled to twelve southern states,
including 3.2 million overseas visitors compared to just 2.6 million in
2007, representing 24% growth over this seven-year period.
goal is to generate more international visitors to the South Carolina and
our 12 regions, and so we handpick over 100 international tour operators
to vet and credential as International buyers for International Showcase,”
says Duane Parrish, Director, South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
“We have tour operators coming from twenty countries including Australia,
Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Benelux region, and the United
Kingdom and Ireland. During their visit, they have business meetings
with hundreds of suppliers from destination marketing organizations, hotels,
restaurants, attractions to local set on guide services.”
in the charming and historic city of Charleston, all delegates will have
the opportunity to experience one of the local city tours, highlighting
carriage rides, guided walking tours or a visit to one of the historic
plantations. Each tour is designed to highlight the unique attractions
and experiences an international guest may enjoy during a visit to Charleston.
We are happy to announce this year city tours will be open to both tour
operators and suppliers. Suppliers will be able to register for a city
tour starting September 2nd.”
Hill, Executive Director at the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau, stated, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the
Charleston area's rich history, delicious cuisine and sun-kissed beaches
with the esteemed international audience at Travel South International
2017. South Carolina is well known for its authentic southern hospitality,
and we want every attendee to experience this to the fullest while visiting
Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Travel South USA teams
cordially invite Southern tourism suppliers to register now at www.travelsouthusa.org.
Be sure to register early. We fully expect to sell out again early this
Travel South USA
South USA is America’s oldest and largest regional travel promotion organization,
formed in 1965. The long-standing regional collaboration of the state tourism
offices of Alabama,
Carolina, South Carolina,
and West Virginia provides a foundation
to positively position tourism as a vital and dynamic element in the region’s
economic development. Tourism ranks throughout the region as one of the
top three industries, behind manufacturing and agriculture, and is responsible
for $133 billion in spending by visitors, generating 1.4 million direct
jobs, $30 billion in worker paychecks, and almost $16 billion in state
and local taxes. For more information, visit www.TravelSouthUSA.com
for consumer information and travel industry information, www.TravelSouthUSA.org.
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