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SmartState Tourism in the News

The USC College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management's Richardson Family SmartState Center for Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development is recognized globally as an organization with leading experts in the travel and tourism industries. That's why members of the media turn to SmartState Tourism for the latest insights and trends affecting consumers and industry stakeholders.

View all the latest media mentions, press releases and features from members of the SmartState Tourism team using the expandable menu below.

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Most Fun States in America

by Adam McCann, Financial Writer
June 13, 2022

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Consumer News: Millions of Americans to be met with high gas prices during Memorial Day travel

ABC Columbia
by CNN, ABC Columbia Site Staff, ABC News
May 24, 2022

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Americans Planning Summer Travel Face a New Hurdle: High Inflation

Wall Street Journal
by Harriet Torry
May 10, 2022

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Pump Prices, Inflation Have Americans Rethinking Summer Travel

NACS, The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing
May 10, 2022

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Scholarship, research and the legacy of 9/11

USC Press Releases
by Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Sept. 9, 2021

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USC professor named Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences

HRSM Press Releases
by Allen Wallace
March 22, 2021

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Pennington-Gray joins USC to lead tourism research center

HRSM Press Releases
by Allen Wallace
Jan. 11, 2021

Media Contact

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Allen Wallace

Communications Manager/Public Information Director
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management


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