Chad Prosser, ProsserJohnson, LLC
The Tourism Cluster is a perfect example of how cluster strategies can work. In this case, regional strategies are being combined into one overall state strategy for the benefit of the whole industry. In November 2005, New Carolina’s Tourism Cluster Committee, led at the time by Chad Prosser of the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism office, commissioned a study by international consultant Michael MacNulty of Tourism Development International to complete a Tourism Action Plan. The report’s major recommendations were:
The South Carolina Tourism Alliance is a broad-based, statewide organization of entities and individuals dedicated to serving as a voice and catalyst for the various elements of South Carolina’s tourism industry. The Tourism Alliance is focused on tourism’s potential to be a superior product and experience, a nationally exemplary source of jobs and revenue, and a force for positive economic growth across the state. Through vision, strong leadership, investment and collaboration, South Carolina tourism can grow to a $40 billion industry by 2020. Working together and focused on the economic future of the state, the leaders of the Tourism Alliance are spreading the word that South Carolina is an ideal tourist destination.
The Tourism Action Plan said that tourism in South Carolina is a "flower waiting to bloom." The study resonated well with the industry, and the SC Tourism Alliance was formed under the brand "Company's Coming" (see video below).
In order to maximize the state’s potential for tourism growth, SCPRT has contracted with Tourism Development International (TDI) to create a series of Product Development Area (PDA) plans. Drilling down the findings of the South Carolina Tourism Action Plan, the PDA plans identify potential tourism products based on current and emerging visitor trends, input from local tourism industry members, and established best-practices in the tourism industry. When completed, these plans will provide a comprehensive framework for tourism growth statewide, including both long-term and short-term goals for tourism product development.
Learn more about Product Development Area plans t the SC Parks Recreation and Tourism site.
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