How to Grow Your Business Through Networking
Pedal For a Cause With Pedal Hilton Head Island
ADVOCACY AT WORK
2019 Policy Priorities Named
HILTON HEAD ISLAND-Bluffton Chamber of commerce
DESTINATION BEHIND THE SCENCES
Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau
If you’re like many busy business professionals, the thought of attending one more networking event makes your stomach turn. It’s time away from pressing projects and deadlines. The conversations are awkward and unrewarding. And, the odds are good not a single contact will actually convert to a lead. But, networking done with a purpose and proper preparation can fill your sales pipeline and advance your career. The adage “It’s not what you know, but who you know” is actually on point when it comes to doing networking right!
To grow your business, it is critical to take networking seriously. It’s another business tool and strategy that must be a part of your marketing plan. Invest in it with the singular goal of cultivating new and existing relationships. The results will be impressive when you remember a few easy-to-use tips.
Change your mindset from “me” to “you”
If you want to build an effective network, the first thing you’ll need to do is shift your mindset from “What can you do for me?” to “What can I do for you?” If you attend a networking event focused only on closing a sale, you’re going to leave disappointed. Before the sell, you must first establish trust.
The best way to establish trust with a potential customer or referral resource is to provide them with resources and information that they value. That means industry insights and solutions based on the pain points they are trying to solve. When you shift your mindset, your actions will follow. Cultivate a relationship based on you providing value versus selling, and you will quickly earn a potential customer’s trust.
Define your networking goals
For networking to be effective, it requires the development of specific networking goals that are easy to track. When you focus on moving people up your networking funnel from surface level relationships to meaningful ones, it is easier to position yourself for the ask.
Setting goals before each networking event will allow you to stay focused on your desired outcome. That means you are better positioned to meet the people who can help your business grow. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t look at every attendee as a customer. Think of other attendees as a potential sales force that can help connect you with those who need the products and services you sell.
Sample networking goals look like this:
Introduce myself to five new people to learn more about their business and exchange business cards.
Reconnect with two people I’ve only met casually and discuss business challenges they may be having.
Deepen my relationship with three people I’ve spoken to several times and offer some meaningful advice that can help them with challenges and pain points.
Attend the “right” network events
One of the key “fails” in networking is attending the wrong events. With the goal being to meet people who can potentially be your customer or referral resource, you want to be selective and prepared when choosing what events to attend.
Selecting the right events should be based on the target market you’ve identified in your marketing or business plan. (If you haven’t already profiled your customers, do this first!)
To get clarity on how to connect with potential customers, ask and answer the questions below. Then, research associations, groups, and events where you think you can connect.
Are my potential customers or referral resources local, regional, national, or international?
What problems or pain points are they trying to solve?
What kinds of associations or groups would they belong to?
What kinds of events within those groups would they attend?
Do these events take place often enough to give me an opportunity to create and nurture meaningful relationships?
Looking to create more meaningful relationships at chamber events?
We are here to help! Starting this month, if you have signed up for a networking-focused event, you will receive a list of all registrants the day before or the morning of the event.
HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH NETWORKING
With standing room only, the Chamber hosted the candidates running for Mayor of Hilton Head Island. During the event, the six candidates shared their vision for the island and commented on current topics of interest including workforce housing, economic development, air service, and the arts.
Monthly Update from Hannah Horne, Vice-President of Public Policy & Programs
ADVOCACY AT WORK
2019 Policy Priorities Named
Women in Business
More than 90 women attended the Chamber’s October 16th Women in Business Breakfast held at the Country Club of Hilton Head. The event featured special guest speaker, Pamela Evette. Evette is the CEO of Quality Business Solutions, South Carolina’s 6th top private revenue producing business. It is among the top-ranked women-owned businesses in the state. Evette is also the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor and shared how owning her own business and raising a family encouraged her entrance to politics. Mrs. Evette encouraged other business women in the room with her story and motto, “Work Hard. Do Good. Aim Higher.”
Plastic Bag Ban
On November 1st, a plastic bag ban went into effect for Beaufort County, as well as the municipalities of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.
What does this mean for you?
For businesses, it means replacing plastic bags used to carry merchandise or food from establishments, such as grocery stores, retail stores and restaurants.
For customers, it means you’re asked to carry a reusable bag to help reduce waste, and save businesses money. The paper bags cost the businesses more than plastic.
During this year’s State of the Region, the Chamber announced its 2019 Policy Priorities. These are areas of increased focus, in addition to the other policy categories we monitor, such as the environment, immigration, and tax reform. Among the priorities in the upcoming year:
Workforce Housing Initiatives
Working with local, state and federal policymakers, the Chamber and its Business Workforce Coalition are active educating local stakeholders, encouraging investment, advocating for policy changes, and commissioning research on what we consider is our business community’s largest issue.
As the economic driver of our area, tourism promotion and marketing are vitally important to attracting visitors that grow our businesses, create jobs, and stimulate our economy.
Transportation and Infrastructure
The Chamber supports, and asks for your “yes” vote on the 1 cent Beaufort County Transportation Sales and Use Tax on November 6th. The penny tax will be used to repair roads, bridges, and pathways to improve our quality of life, help with traffic congestion, and provide for the safety of all. This also includes advocating for improvements to the island corridor.
Mayoral Run-Off Debate
If a run-off is needed in the Hilton Head Mayoral race, the Chamber is proactive in scheduling with the candidates. We will have more information if the event is needed.
The runoff debate would be held:
Hilton Head Island High School
Seahawk Cultural Center
Tuesday, November 6th
Polls Open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Chamber Public Policy Council Meeting
Friday, November 9th
8 a.m. Chamber Boardroom
"What really gets me excited is that the kids of the Boys and Girls Club benefit from the proceeds of our event. Our club is a haven for many kids who are not so fortunate. Each day, 250 kids visit our club. We focus on academics and recreation—but academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good citizenship are really what we push hard on."
Russ Whiteford, Pedal Hilton Head Island
Watch our video to hear from Russ and learn more about the event and Pedal Hilton Head
Ride for a good cause! Support the
Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.
Serving a Community Need
Proceeds from Pedal Hilton Head Island benefit the Boys and Girls Club. This year’s goal is to raise $70,000 dollars to help support the outstanding after-school, summer education, and enrichment programs for more than 250 children and teens who use the club daily.
For many who use the local Boys and Girls Club, it serves as a point of stability and safety in an uncertain world. The majority of children and teens come from low-income families. 63% are from families living in poverty, 71% do not have health insurance, 54% live in single-parent households, and many do not have a home to call their own.
From November 16th through the 18th, Hilton Head Island will be alive with cycling enthusiasts participating in this year’s Pedal Hilton Head Island. More than a series of fantastic cycling activities on the only “Gold Level Bike Friendly Community in the Southeast,” it's an event that celebrates the island's music, culture, and two-wheeled lifestyle. This year's event will feature concerts, the “Beach Grinder” beach race, and Sunday's traditional “Pedal Bike Tour.”
Visit www.pedal4kids.org to register or sign up to volunteer.
Help raise money by riding as an individual, or as part of a team. Riders ask friends, family members, business associates, and others to sponsor them by donating to help the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.
Volunteers are also needed for assistance with day of activities and promotion.
Friday & Saturday - Live Music
Hilton Head Island's local music label Swampfire plays the timeless tunes of The Grateful Dead at a special event at Coligny Theatre.
Friday, November 16th: 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 17th: 6 p.m.
Saturday - The Beach Grinder Bike Race
All skill levels and age groups are invited to take a turn on this fun course—built entirely on the beach! Participants will be challenged on hard-packed sand, soft sand, and obstacles.
Sunday - The Main Ride
Enjoy a family fun ride on the beach, take to the pathways for a 10-mile ride, soak up the history of Mitchelville Freedom Park for the 20-mile ride, head over the bridges to the mainland on the 40-mile ride, or challenge yourself for the metric century 62-mile ride that guides you past some of the island's most jaw-dropping scenery.
Visit www.pedal4kids.org for race start times, routes, and registration.
Pedal For a Cause With Pedal Hilton Head Island (Nov 16 - 18th)
Volker Kettering - Bluffton Brauhaus
"We are extremely excited to participate in this year's Taste of the Season. We will be offering two of our brats. One is a Thuringer, which is veal and beef, and one is a Munchner, which is veal only. We'll be serving them on a bed of sauerkraut so people can get a taste of what we offer at our restaurant."
Volker 's favorite recipe to prepare? Jaegerschnitzel.
Want to experience the Taste of the Season like a VIP? Start with early entry to the event at 5:30 p.m., access to the VIP lounge, unique food samplings from Roy’s Catering, an open bar until 7 p.m., and reserved parking. Go ahead and indulge. You deserve this!
An American in Paris Entertainment Experience
Two tickets to the premiere at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Named Best Musical of the year by the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle, and the winner of four Tony Awards, it's guaranteed to sweep you off your feet—and into the arms of a story, you’ll never forget.
2 Night Stay and Round of Golf in Amazing Death Valley
Relax at The Inn at Death Valley in California's hottest, driest, and lowest elevation National Park. Experience striking extremes of beauty such as towering peaks frosted with snow, vast fields of wildflowers, and lush oases. Includes a round of golf at the Furnace Creek Golf Course.
Shop For Unique Gifts Guaranteed to Impress
Philippe Feret - Hilton Head Social Bakery
"I am going to create a Venetian mask, all made of sugar, and the day of the event, I will pull and stretch sugar to finish the piece."
Philippe worked at his parents bakery/restaurant in Paris from a very young age. On his days off, you'll find Philippe riding his motorcycle, at antique auctions, fishing, and cooking for friends.
What could be better than checking off everyone on your holiday shopping list at one time? You can at our silent auction! Choose from high-in-demand items like vacations, restaurant experiences, golf and sports-related memorabilia, arts and cultural activities, custom jewelry, and so much more. Here are just a few!
KICK OFF THE HOLIDAYS IN STYLE AT TASTE OF THE SEASON
Taste of the Season | NOV 16 | 6 – 9 PM
USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus - One Sand Shark Dr. (HHI)
Jane Harmon - Hilton Head Distillery
"We will have a vodka with a molasses base that is forty-nine-time distilled, so it's smooth on the palate. We will also have a basic white rum, a coconut rum, an espresso rum that is amazing for those coffee fans out there, and a spiced rum that is all natural, with six spices steeped in the platinum white rum to give you an amazing flavor."
Taste of the Season features epicurean food samplings from the very best restaurants and eateries on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. The diverse offerings include the best of Lowcountry cuisine, notable local chef creations, and indulgent desserts. Something for everyone is an understatement!
Exclusive VIP Menu from Roy's Catering
Seared Ahi Tuna, Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Spicy Goat Cheese and Sweet Onion Relish, House-Made White Cheddar Pimento Cheese, Shrimp And Grits—stone ground, slow cooked. Yum!
Clayton Rollison - Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar
"This is Lucky Rooster's fourth year participating in Taste of the Season. We think it's a fun event because we get to interact with locals and our guests in a different setting outside the four walls of our restaurant. For us, it's really important for Lucky Rooster to help support our chamber— they do a lot of great things for our restaurant community."
Signature Massage from Arum Spa at the Sonesta Resort
Indulge in 80 minutes of pampering from one of the newest spas on Hilton Head Island. Experience a blend of classic Swedish and therapeutic modalities, sure to relieve all your tension and pain. Bring the spa treatment home with natural beauty products from various brands.
Indulge Your Tastebuds
Elevate Your Experience... VIP Style
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Conversation & Cocktails + Crazy Crab
DEC 6 | 5:30 – 7 PM
104 William Hilton Parkway (HHI)
Registration Coming Soon!
Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek is back and better than ever. Join us for our next networking event and enjoy appetizers, drinks, and the best sunsets in town from their newly-expanded deck. Mix, mingle, and say ahh!
$10 Members | $20 Nonmembers
Maximize Your Membership
NOV 28 | 8:30 AM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
35 Bluffton Rd (Bluffton)
Learn how to get the most out of your chamber membership through networking, participation, and promotion.
"In the Spotlight"
Calendar at a Glance
11/2 | 5 PM - Ribbon Cutting @Hope Performance Systems (HHI)
11/6 | 8:30 AM - Business Education Partnership w/guest Speaker: Robert Crenshaw/SCReady Apprenticeship Programs @Chamber Headquarters
11/8 | 1 PM - Business Workforce Coalition @Chamber Headquarters
11/8 | 4:30 PM - Ribbon Cutting @Birdie James (Bluffton)
11/9 | 8 AM - Public Policy Council @Chamber Headquarters (HHI)
1/14 | 11:30 AM - Ribbon Cutting @Hampton Inn & Suites for OKatie Pines Retirement Community (Bluffton)
11/16 | 6 PM - Taste of the Season @USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus (HHI)
12/6 | 5:30 - 7 PM - Conversation + Cocktails @Crazy Crab (HHI)
SAVE THE DATE
JAN 26, 2019
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
NOV 2 | 5 PM
Hope Performance Systems
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Reception 4 - 7 p.m.
450 William Hilton Parkway Suite B (HHI)
NOV 8 | 4:30 PM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Reception to Follow
52 Calhoun Street (Bluffton)
NOV 14 | 11:30 AM
Okatie Pines Retirement Community
Ground Breaking Ceremony
At the Hampton Inn & Suites
29 William Pope Drive (Bluffton)
Catered lunch to follow
Visit our Connect Calendar for all upcoming chamber and community events and to submit your upcoming events: hiltonheadchamber.org.
Taste of the Season - Kick off the Holidays!
NOV 16 | 6 – 9 PM
USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus, One Sand Shark Dr. (HHI)
Get your tickets now!
Experience a night to remember. Indulge your taste buds with epicurean food samplings from the area’s very best restaurants and eateries. Shop our silent auction for unique holiday gifts guaranteed to impress. Want to elevate your experience? Go VIP all the way with early access to the event, open bar until 7 p.m., exclusive food samplings, and reserved parking.
JAN 26 | 6:30 PM
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
Take flight at this year's Chamber Ball sponsored by the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Black tie invited.
Registration Coming Soon!
Dr. Chad T. Zehm, MD
The chamber welcomes our newest Chamber Champion, Dr. Chad T. Zehms, MD. A new member of the renowned team of surgeons at Optim Orthopedics, Dr. Zehms will be treating patients at Optim’s new South Carolina locations in Bluffton and Hilton Head this fall.
Dr. Zehms is a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in orthopedic sports medicine surgery for musculoskeletal injuries. His procedures include hip arthroscopy with advanced techniques in labral repair and reconstruction. Notably, Optim has the only two surgeons between the Low Country, Atlanta, and Jacksonville who perform hip arthroscopy.
An officer in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Zehms completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Zehms proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as battalion surgeon for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Force Service Support.
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Horizon Home Inspector Brad Tholen designated as Certified Master Inspector
MEMBERS MAKING NEWS
Weichert Realtors welcomes Torey Young to the sales team
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Town of Bluffton Receives Statewide Preservation Award for Garvin-Garvey House Rehabilitation
Governor Henry McMaster presented the Town of Bluffton and Beaufort County representatives with the 2018 South Carolina Historic Preservation Award for their work rehabilitating the Garvin-Garvey House located in Bluffton's Oyster Factory Park.
The Garvin House is located at the intersection of Bridge Street and Wharf Street within the “Old Town” district of Bluffton, S.C. The structure dates to ca. 1870 and is an excellent example of Carolina Lowcountry vernacular architecture of the late-19th century.
Horizon Home Inspector Tom Azevedo designated as Certified Master Inspector
Art League Gallery to showcase "Remember What You Like About the South"
See what so many of us love about the South from November 6th - December 1st. Simply Southern will feature Recent Paintings by Margaret Crawford to highlight our marshes, beaches, oysters, historical sites, and majestic live oaks. An artist reception will be held on Wednesday, November 7th from 5 - 7 p.m.
Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Skillets Cafe & Grill celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony, surrounded by family, friends, and long-time patrons. Since opening in 1993 as a small breakfast bistro, Skillets has expanded its casual restaurant inside and out.
Don Ryan Center for Innovation to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Board of Directors, staff, and Bluffton Town Council will host a groundbreaking cerememony for the new Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) on November 14th, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
DRCI focuses on creating a vibrant business climate within the Bluffton area through economic development emphasizing entrepreneurism and sustainable growth. DRCI fosters and promotes economic development in five core areas: Entrepreneurism; Business Attraction, Expansion and Retention; Real Estate & Infrastructure; Workforce Development & Talent Retention and Attraction; and Marketing, Education, and Outreach.
USCB Unveils new Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will hold a ribbon cutting on November 14th at 11 a.m. for the new Hilton Head Island campus for their baccalaureate program in Hospitality Management. USCB Chancellor Al M. Panu, Ph.D. will deliver brief welcoming remarks. An open house will follow until 4 p.m. The public is invited.
The $25 million campus building—featuring a wood atrium, glass entries, and tabby columns and walkways—evokes the architectural design and motif of Hilton Head Island. The two-story building encompasses 40,000 square feet and is located on the site of the original USCB Hospitality Management program, which ran from 1998 to 2003, at 21 Office Park Road. The campus address is now One Sand Shark Drive, Hilton Head Island.
"Sea to Shining Sea and Places in Between"
Linda Hilts’ “Sea to Shining Sea and Places in Between” will feature her favorite art mediums during an exhibit from Nov. 5th - Dec. 1st at The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery, located on Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. Mediums to be included are watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. An opening reception takes place November 11th from 3 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
Sixth Annual Holiday Boutique
Artists of the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) are preparing their creative wares for the Sixth Annual Holiday Boutique, scheduled for November 14th - December 14th at the gallery’s Center for Creative Arts building next door.
MEMBERS on the move
The Heritage Classic Foundation elected Chris Corkern to the Board of Trustees
Weichert Realtors welcomes John V. White, Jr. to the sales team
Long Cove Club Re-Opens after Major Restoration Project
Long Cove Club re-opened its golf course October 1st after a five-month restoration project. The restoration plan included re-grassing fairways with Celebration Bermuda, re-grassing the greens with Tif Eagle Ultra Dwarf Bermuda, restoring bunkers to their original design, upgrading drainage systems, and replacing multiple bulkheads and all cart paths.
The Heritage Classic Foundation elected Tricia Lynch to the Board of Trustees
Women In Business Breakfast
Alarm, Fire & Security, LLC
Benton House of Bluffton
Bishop Eye Associates, PA
Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine
Cera Products Inc.
Coastal Vacation Rentals
FACES Lash Studio
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina
Heritage Fine Jewelry
Island Postal Center
Loni Lueke Realtor at Sea Pines Real Estate at the Beach Club
Pirates of Hilton Head
Sea Pines Real Estate at The Beach Club
Taylor Long Term
Second Helpings, Inc.
The Church Mouse Thrift Shop, Inc.
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Realty
Captain Woody's Bar & Grill Bluffton
Comedy Magic Cabaret
CrossRoads Financial Group
Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation
ERA Southeast Coastal Real Estate
Jim N Nick's Community Bar-B-Q
Pearce Scott Architects
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Association Services, Inc. An Associa Member Company
Atlantic States Management, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Lower SC
Seacoast Security Shredding
St. Joseph's/Candler Medical Group-Bluffton
The Bluffton Sun
Junior Leadership Class - Teamwork Day
July Ribbon Cuttings
Active Life Hilton Head
GT International Cafe
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head
MidiCi Italian Kitchen
Okatie Pines Retirement Community
The G-Free Spot, Inc.
USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus
Carolina Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
Outside Hilton Head
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
American Heart Association American Stroke Association
Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Medical Services
Island Family Dental
Larkin Group, LLC
Palmetto Medical Group
Palmetto Mosquito Control, LLC
Street Meet The American Tavern
Welcome New Members
Conversation & Cocktails + Beach Bash
Benny Hudson Seafood
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Dolphin & Nature Cruise
Express Restaurant Delivery
Heritage Library Foundation Inc.
Hilton Head Choral Society
Hilton Head National Golf Club
Life Care Center of Hilton Head
Old South Golf Links
Sunset Rentals, Inc.
The Lakes at Edgewater
Town of Hilton Head IslandIsland
As the economic driver for growing our businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating our economy, the promotion and marketing of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort County are vital. The primary objective of the Chamber’s Visitor & Convention Bureau, it is a responsibility placed on our organization and staff every day. Whether it is through our public relations efforts, attendance at trade shows and conferences, or accolades garnered through integrated marketing efforts; we are focused on ensuring our destination stays top of mind for potential visitors and residents.
October 11, 2018
SCPRT New York Media Mission
South Carolina Chef Ambassador
This event, in partnership with SCPRT and tourism partners from around the state, honored and thanked current and past SCPRT Chef Ambassadors for their time and energy promoting the thriving culinary scene within S.C.
The event featured our very own Orchid Paulmeier from One Hot Mama’s. Throughout the evening, the Chef Ambassadors mixed, cooked, and baked items that have placed them on the culinary map for the State and the country. Attending media included: Adam Verdugo, Senior Producer, CBS This Morning; Ann Shields, Managing Editor, Guides, AFAR; Erika Adams, Restaurant Reporter, SKIFT: Skift Table; Heather Wyatt, Vice President of Communications, National Geographic Traveler; Jenna Gibson, Senior Editorial Producer, CBS This Morning; Keith Flanagan, Freelance, Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today, Long Island Pulse and more; Kimberly Wilson, Contributing Writer, Essence Magazine; and Sarah Messer, Senior Producer, ABC: Good Morning America.
PUBLIC RELATIONS - EARNED MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
DESTINATION BEHIND THE SCENES
Andrew took off with Outside Hilton Head on an Outback Tour, making sure to cover the bases with dolphins, kayaks, and surrounding islands. He documented his adventure live, sharing some of what he learned along the way from the Outside Hilton Head team. Throughout the ten frame Instagram story, Andrew tagged @visithiltonhead and @outsidehiltonhead and used #lowcountrylife.
Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau
Hilton Head Island was featured in top-tier men’s interest website in a story titled, "12 Amazing Trips to Take This Fall to Avoid Big Crowds." The piece highlights shoulder season offerings on Hilton Head Island, like bike trail exploration, shopping, and dining in Harbour Town, in addition to comfy accommodations at Sea Pines and world-class golf courses.
October 17, 2018
SCPRT Atlanta Media Mission
In partnership with SCPRT and other Tourism partners from around the state, this event focused on letting a curated mix of media know what the future holds for each of our destinations, “What’s Next for S.C. in 2019!” Media included: Kevin Benefield, Editor in Chief: Atlanta Magazine’s Southbound; Tracy Carmony, Executive Producer: The Weather Channel; Caroline Eubanks, Blogger: “Caroline in the City”; Leslie Royal, Blogger, and Freelancer: “Leslie’s Lane”; Jan Schroder, Freelancer; Pam Wattenbarger, Blogger: “Simply Southern Mom”; Kendall Williams, Manager Strategic Partnerships: The Weather Channel.
October 4, 2018
Influencer Andrew Muse
82K followers and 416% engagement rate
October 10, 2018
October 1 - 4, 2018 - Teams 2018 (Louisville, KY)
National/Regional sport-related groups/tournaments
TEAMS is the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry. Presented by SportsTravel magazine. Our Senior Sales Manager, Wes Kitashima, attended this tradeshow as a part of our partnership with SC Sports Alliance. Appointments driven show.
October 16 - 18, 2018 - IMEX (Las Vegas, NV)
IMAX is platform for us and our island partners to showcase our product to the international market. Appointments driven show.
6th Consecutive Year
The Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau
MEETING GROUPS & PARTNER EVENTS
In attendance,:Carol Kavanaugh-Arrington, Destination DMC; Lori Lynah, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport; Morgan Stincer, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort; Emily Seigenberg, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, Steve French, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; Mark Goodwin, The Sea Pines Resort ; Cindy Beckham, Hilton Head Marriot Resort & Spa; Wes Kitashima & Jack Reed, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce/Visitor & Convention Bureau.
MEETINGS & GROUP ACCOLADES
Condé Nast Traveler
Readers Choice Awards
3rd Consecutive Year
Smart Meetings Magazine
2018 Platinum Choice Award
November 14-16, 2018 - (Salt Lake City, UT)
JetBlue Vacations Presentation
VCB Vice President, Ariana Pernice, and Director of Sales, Jack Reed will speak directly to the in-house JetBlue reservation agents about our destination product.
Both shows provide us with an opportunity to inform targeted segments with information about our product and possible itinerary options. Wes Kitashima will join SCPRT and other SC tourism partners on this mission. Appointment driven and stop-in show
November 5 - 7, 2018 - World Travel Market (London, UK)
International receptive/ tour operators
December 2-5, 2018 - Travel South, Domestic Showcase (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Domestic receptive/ tour operators