Meet Business Over Breakfast Speaker Duane Parrish, SCPRT
With summer here, how will travel look in the Palmetto State? Duane Parrish, director for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT), will be discussing that and the current state of tourism at the next Business Over Breakfast, sponsored by Kay Plumbing Services, on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 a.m. at RADIUS Church.
Parrish has dedicated more than 40 years of his professional career to the hospitality industry, including extensive experience in hotel property management and development throughout South Carolina.
Parrish was appointed to his current cabinet position by then-Governor Nikki Haley in 2011 and re-appointed by Governor Henry McMaster in 2018. As Director of SCPRT, Parrish has led South Carolina’s tourism industry through continued positive development, resulting in six consecutive years of record-breaking economic growth (2013 – 2018). As Director of SCPRT, Parrish helps to advance the state’s tourism economy through domestic and international branding and marketing, sports tourism partnership and destination development, film and television project recruitment, and tourism and recreation project development. Under his leadership and direction, South Carolina State Parks has achieved an unprecedented 99% operational self-sufficiency. Parrish is also responsible for initiating the technology enhancements and reconstruction of the state’s Welcome Center facilities.
Prior to his appointment as Director of SCPRT, Parrish served as President of Premier Hospitality Group, a hotel management and development firm. Parrish has also held several senior management positions within the hotel industry at distinguished organizations including Promus Hotels (now Hilton Hotels), Holiday Inns, and Hampton Inns. Parrish has opened, operated, or renovated 19 hotels, ranging from a 32-room independent inn to a 260-room full-service hotel. His hospitality experience also includes management of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina in Business Administration, Parrish has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College teaching hotel management and hospitality courses. He is a former Chairman and active member of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Parrish also serves on the Board of Directors of the US Travel Association and is Vice-Chair of the National Council of State Tourism Directors.
Registration in advance is required for this event. Tickets are $10 or the purchase of an annual Chamber Breakfast Card. Registration closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 12.