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Director of Center for Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development

Simon Hudson

University of South Carolina

Simon Hudson is a tourism aficionado, exploring the world, spreading his passion for travel, and enlightening audiences on every kind of travel research. He has written eight books, and over 70 research articles, many of them focused on tourism marketing and travel behavior. In fact, if you are looking for an expert on topics such as film tourism, sport and adventure tourism, destination branding, social media marketing, customer service, the sharing economy, wellness tourism, festivals and events, and sustainable tourism, Dr. Hudson is your go to resource. He is currently the Director and Endowed Chair for the Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development at the University of South Carolina. An impressive title, but it basically means he researches ways to put South Carolina’s tourism industry back on the map and into the black. When he is not in the office, you can find Dr. Hudson on the ski slopes of Canada, Colorado or Utah, on the beaches of South Carolina, or playing the golf courses of Portugal. With an eclectic background in the ski industry, retail, and British and Canadian academia, Dr. Hudson is a fount of international experience, amusing anecdotes, and comprehensive business information. He gets his cosmopolitan and creative ideas from a background at the University of Calgary, Canada, and the University of Brighton, England as well as visiting positions in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Fiji, Aruba, New Zealand and Australia. What a great job!