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Local Tourism Awards Named by Olde English District

The Olde English District Tourism Commission promotes tourism for the seven counties of Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster Union and York Counties. The commission held its Annual Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Duke Energy, on Thursday, October 2 at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.  A panel of South Carolina Welcome Center Managers and the Manager of the Visitor Services program from SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism discussed upcoming changes in the Welcome Centers, marketing opportunities and how to get more visitors to your city, attraction or accommodation.

The recipient of the Betty Skeen Hospitality Employee of the Year award for 2014 is Beckee Garris, the Visitor Coordinator of the Native American Studies Center in Lancaster. She is the welcoming smile and wealth of knowledge visitors want to find on her travels. She takes great pride to ensure that everyone who walks through the doors of her attraction has a rich, rewarding experience. She will compete with the winners from the state’s other ten tourism regions for the 2014 South Carolina Hospitality Employee of the Year. The winner will be named at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel, to be held Myrtle Beach in February 2015.

Linda Vaughan from Van Wyck was named the 2014 Carrie B. Dover Volunteer of the Year. She works tirelessly to in numerous volunteer capacities for Lancaster County- always with the goal in mind to improve the quality of life. The places she volunteers include Andrew Jackson State Park and the Celebrate VanWyck! Festival where she is a driving force. All of her volunteer efforts are to ensure that her county is a great place to live and work and of course, visit.

Cheraw State Park was named the 2014 Olde English District Attraction of the Year. Parks are a great place to unplug and Cheraw offers a variety of ways to relax- from an 18 whole championship golf course to paddle boarding to nature walks. It plays a major role in bringing tourists to our area and always delivers a top notch experience. While it was the first state park and is over 80 years old, it is constantly improving.

Contact: Jayne Scarborough, Executive Director, Olde English Tourism Commission, (803) 385-7098, jayne@OldeEnglishDistrict.com