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Register now: Free Tourism Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management is pleased to invite faculty, staff, students and community members to a unique forum focused on tourism innovation and entrepreneurship  being held on  August 2-4, 2015 in Columbia, SC.

Due to the generous sponsorship of Marriott, we are able to offer FREE registrations to  this upcoming event with evening cocktail hours around town and lunches in the 365-degree rotating restaurant at the top of Capstone, all sponsored by USC, the University of Aruba, and Marriott International. There are only a few seats left, so register quickly!

Event Details

2nd Annual International Executive Forum on Tourism and Innovation
Monday and Tuesday, August 3 and 4, 2015
Opening reception, Sunday, August 2, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the McCutchen House on the historic USC Horseshoe
Monday and Tuesday sessions at the Capstone Conference Center

Registration and additional information

Agenda [pdf]


  • Simon Hudson, director of the SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development, in the college of HSRM at USC
  • Robin DiPietro, director of International Institute for Food Service Research and Education, at the HRTM school at USC
  • Ryan Peterson, University of Aruba
  • Marriott International

Parking: Easy, on-street parking because USC is in quiet summer mode.

Lodging: Special $119 rate at Inn at USC with complimentary shuttle; includes parking, internet and cooked to order breakfast. Use rate code HSRM.

Overview: This forum provides interesting presentations by a number of international speakers/leaders as well as local innovators, exploring cutting edge technologies and generating in-depth discussions of the role of entrepreneurship and innovation within the tourism and hospitality industry in the Caribbean, the Americas and globally. Held in partnership with the University of Aruba.

Keynote: The opening keynote speaker, Matthew Von Ertfelda, and is in charge of innovation for Marriott worldwide, and interestingly enough, came in second on “Survivor: Amazon” – sounds like he might be a runner-up for The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Reserve your spot today!


28 July 2015


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