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Tourism Is Everybody's Business

What South Carolina Can Learn From Hawaii

Good morning and Aloha!

I am honored to be with you today to discuss one of my favorite topics: Travel & Tourism. In my 76 years on earth I have learned a couple of things about this industry. But first, to give you a bit of an idea about where I am coming from, I'd like to share a few notes on a personal level.

My wife Linda, who unfortunately could not join me here today, has deep ties to this part of the country-in fact to the Greenville area itself.

Her mother, Violet Lee Gosnell, and her grandparents were born here. Linda has told me that the family was dirt poor and survived by working in the cotton mills and sharecropping cotton and watermelon. They lived in an unheated log cabin whose walls were insulated with catalogue pages. There was a wood stove, a hand pump outside for water, and an outhouse.

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