Governor McMaster says SC has excess money to spend on tourism

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Hundreds of people from the tourism and travel industry across the state came to Greenville this week for the 57th annual South Carolina Governor’s Tourism and Travel Conference, so that the governor was talking about the importance of industry in South Carolina .

Tourism professionals from all parts of the state were in attendance, including Visit Anderson Executive Director Neil Paul.

“It really is our go-to event of the year in this industry,” said Paul.

For several days they come together to learn and exchange ideas with each other.

“[It is] an opportunity to provide educational opportunities and to network and share ideas,” said Paul. “Just a great event and a tremendous opportunity for our industry.”

The conference ended on Wednesday with an awards ceremony, recognizing industry leaders who have changed the game of tourism in South Carolina.

Governor Henry McMaster also came with good news for the state.

The governor said that since COVID, South Carolina has excess funds to improve tourism.

“We’re just, we’re thriving,” McMaster said. “We took a conservative approach, we froze government spending, state government spending and as people cut unemployment, we were putting back federal government money that eventually came out of your pocket.”

He says they will focus on improving infrastructure such as water lines, sewers and broadband, but one of the main focuses will be South Carolina roads, such as Interstate 85, the ‘Interstate 26 and Interstate 73 construction.

“It’s going to take a lot of money, but the good news is that we now have extra money and we want to invest it in these things that will transform the economy and the flow of people and their safety in our state,” said McMaster.

Next year’s conference is scheduled to be held in Charleston.