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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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


What We Can Do for You

The Center has a highly qualified team of researchers and fellows that can carry out any number of projects, from feasibility studies, economic impact studies and marketing plans, to general tourism development research, new product development research and consumer satisfaction surveys. The Center also provides support to new businesses, industry training, expert guest speakers and assists in writing grants.

For projects that have the potential to spur tourism economic development and create jobs in the state of South Carolina, the Center can offer matching funds.

Areas of Expertise

  • Destination branding and marketing
  • Sport tourism
  • Customer service
  • Film tourism
  • Consumer trends
  • Medical tourism
  • Festivals and events
  • Food and beverage services
  • Hospitality operations

Financial Support

To encourage participation in the Center’s activities, financial support is offered to:

  • Students (scholarships)
  • Faculty (research incentives)
  • Industry (matching research funds)