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Lake Marion and golf help draw tourists to Orangeburg County in a state in which tourism’s economic impact on South Carolina has reached $22.6 billion, contributing approximately 10% of jobs in the state.

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina’s tourism industry has been growing strong for the past six years, and the state’s flagship institution is keeping pace to serve the thriving job market.

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For the second year in a row, the University of South Carolina’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management has jumped up in academic rankings and is now among the top 10 hospitality schools in the country.

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The ShanghaiRanking’s 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects – Hospitality & Tourism Management shows South Carolina moving up to No. 7 in the U.S. and No. 15 in the world. The program ranked 12th nationally and 32nd in the world in 2017.

From restaurants to hotels, to travel and attractions, tourism’s economic impact on South Carolina has reached $22.6 billion, contributing approximately 10% of jobs in the state. South Carolina’s hospitality and tourism management students are graduating with preparation to lead the vibrant industry.

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"Our graduating students are ready to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact," School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Director Drew Martin said. "Our goal is to create the best applied learning experience possible. The HRTM educational experience is like an apprenticeship that requires focus and passion. If you want to be ready for a tourism or hospitality management position after graduation, we are waiting for you!"

The school is part of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs with specialized areas of concentration. The program prepares students for managerial careers in one of the largest and fastest growing job markets in the United States. The undergraduate program emphasizes internship and career experiences, study abroad, and other hands-on learning including a student-run restaurant and a new J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Laboratory set to open later this year.

“It’s always exciting to know the next generation of hospitality leaders is getting a world-class education right here in the Palmetto State,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and a South Carolina graduate himself. “Our industry only grows stronger when the workforce is energized, creative and solutions-oriented, and that’s what UofSC’s hospitality and tourism management program cultivates.”

The global ranking assessment is conducted by ShanghaiRanking, a fully independent organization, and is informed by a survey of more than 6,000 professors from the top 100 universities around the world.

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