Tourism leaders from region gather in Charleston

Tourism leaders from region gather in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Tourism leaders from across the Southeast are in Charleston to talk business.

The annual fall forum of the Southeast Tourism Society gets underway on Tuesday and continues through Thursday. About 200 industry leaders are attending from the 12-state region that reaches form Alabama and Arkansas to the Virginias. Tourism is a $210 billion industry in the region.

Leadership consultant David McNair is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote speech on Tuesday on working smarter. On Wednesday, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. will discuss with the group how to create a vision for a great city.

Riley has been credited with a renaissance in Charleston during his almost 40 years as mayor.

Other sessions deal with promoting parks, creating year-round tourism demand and trends in meetings and conventions.

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