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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management


The Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development

The Center was established in 2010 with a specific goal to encourage research that is to be directly applicable to tourism in South Carolina. Established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2002, the South Carolina's Centers of Economic Excellence Program (or SmartState) is investing in talent and infrastructure at South Carolina's three research universities, including the University of South Carolina, to drive economic development. 

Housed in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, the Center performs tourism and hospitality-based research and disseminates and grows this knowledge-base through publications, public seminars, workshops and forums. Above all, the Center makes explicit the local-to-global connections between tourism and economic development and ensures that research is relevant and directly applicable to South Carolina.