Small Business Lunch at Halls with Helen Hill
The King Street Marketing Group and Halls Chophouse are pleased to welcome Helen Hill, CEO of the CACVB, as our guest speaker at Small Business Lunch at Halls Thursday, November 2. Tourism is South Carolina's biggest business.
And, under Helen Hill, nearly 6 million people will visit the Charleston area in 2018, resulting in job earnings of $1.4 billion and a regional economic impact of over $3 billion.
"We have fundamentally changed where our visitors are coming from in the last few years," says Hill. "The majority of our visitors were coming from within a six-hour driving radius before we started our air service push in 2010. Now, New York City is No. 1."
Selling Charleston As Charleston
"The reality is, we have a lot of history in Charleston that's not pretty," says Hill. "We're not selling a modified version of the Old South in hoop skirts. We are a real place, and we want to show visitors who we really are."
Hill believes it's this sincere approach to tourism that has put Charleston squarely on the traveler's map. The destination has received numerous awards, including No. 1 City in North America in Travel + Leisure's World's Best list for the past seven years and
Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice as No. 1 City in the U.S. from 2011 through 2017.
The city now attracts more than 6 million visitors annually. This is thanks in part to new businesses such as Boeing, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Volvo that helped establish new air service to Charleston, making it a go-to weekend getaway for bigger markets such as New York City, Boston and Chicago, now just a two-hour nonstop flight away.
Hill, who grew up in Charleston, joined the Charleston Area CVB right after she graduated from Clemson University. She started as the sales manager and then moved to the role of marketing director. In 1989, Hill was named acting executive director and then executive director, putting her in charge during one of Charleston's more challenging times: Hurricane Hugo.
Each month, Small Business Lunch at Halls features a distinguished speaker from the business, civic or political arenas upstairs at Halls Chophouse with an imaginative three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Adam Jakins.
Tickets are $31 per person plus tax and processing fee for the luncheon. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with each speaker.
Halls Chophouse is located at 434 King Street in downtown Charleston. Convenient parking is available at the Visitors Center Garage on Ann Street between King and Meeting Streets.
Halls Chophouse (View)
434 King Street Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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