Tourism is among South Carolina’s largest industries, responsible for nearly $20 million in annual spending and employing upwards of 200,000 people. Yet opportunities remain in emerging specialty sectors like agri-tourism and equine tourism.
Dr. Simon Hudson’s research focuses on tourism as a driver of economic development. His goals are to create a one-stop resource of advanced information and intelligence for tourism industry stakeholders and to improve South Carolina’s competitiveness as a tourism destination. He is currently consulting with the Aiken (South Carolina) Chamber of Commerce on the feasibility of developing an international horse park.
Dr. Hudson is an internationally recognized tourism expert who has written books on golf tourism, the international ski industry, sports and adventure tourism, and tourism marketing. His most recent book, Golf Tourism, is the first text for both students and practitioners of this vast and growing worldwide industry. Dr. Hudson has also published more than 40 journal articles and is a frequent speaker at international tourism conferences.
Prior to coming to South Carolina as a SmartState Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina, he held academic positions at universities in Canada and England, and has worked as a visiting professor in Australia, Austria, Fiji, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.