Representatives from nine Upstate tourism commissions and related organizations will participate in Friday’s “Union County 2012 Tourism Summit” organized and hosted by The Union County Tourism Commission.
Executive Director Will Boyles said Wednesday morning that Friday’s summit, which will be held at the Union County Advanced Technology Center, will begin at 9 a.m. Boyles said the agenda for the summit includes addresses by representatives of the tourism commissions of the following counties and other Upstate tourism-oriented organizations:
• Cherokee County
• Fairfield County
• Olde English District
• Newberry County
• Spartanburg County
• Ten at the Top
• Union County
• Union County Museum/Historical Society
Boyles said the speakers will update those in attendance about their respective organizations and current activities. Following the presentations, there will be breakout tables for group discussions on marketing, farmers markets and festivals, outdoor and sports activities, and history and genealogy.
The goal of the summit is to promote an exchange of ideas between county and regional tourism organizations and explore areas for cooperation.
“I think I and my counterparts can sometimes not be aware of the new activities and changes in other counties of the Upstate,” Boyles said. “This will give everybody the opportunity to get together to learn what everyone is doing in their area and how we can cooperate moving forward.”
The summit will last until 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a 1 p.m. luncheon.
Tourism is a major part of Union County’s economy. In 2010, tourism from domestic travelers alone generated $11.3 million in revenue.
For more information about the summit and tourism in Union County, contact Will Boyles at (864) 441-2426.