Hospitality group disbands on SC coast

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A group that has supported tourism on the South Carolina coast for a quarter century is disbanding.

The Island Packet reports the Hilton Head Hospitality Association was a membership group that supported the industry and produced two festivals — the Wine & Food Festival and the Seafood, Jazz & Brew Festival.

Sean Barth teaches hospitality management at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and says the group has lost money in recent years. It had been run by volunteers since it laid off its executive director last fall.

Volunteers now plan to form a nonprofit organization to run the festivals.

Tourism puts $18 billion into the South Carolina economy.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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