The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is a cabinet agency assigned to operate and manage South Carolina’s 47 state parks, market the state as a preferred vacation destination and provide assistance to communities to develop recreation assets. At this Voice of Business, hear from gubernatorial appointed Director Duane Parrish. Duane provides leadership and direction that helps the agency deliver public service pursuant to the goals and objectives of the Governor of the state of South Carolina.
Speaker Biography – Duane Parrish:
Parrish has dedicated more than 40 years of his professional career to the hospitality industry, including extensive experience in hotel property management and development throughout South Carolina. He was appointed to his current role by then-Governor Nikki Haley in 2011 and re-appointed by Governor Henry McMaster in 2018.
As Director of SCPRT, Parrish has led South Carolina?s tourism industry through continued positive development, resulting in seven consecutive years of record-breaking economic growth (2013 ? 2019). Under his leadership and direction, South Carolina State Parks has achieved an unprecedented 99% operational self-sufficiency. Parrish is also responsible for initiating renovations to modernize and innovate the state?s Welcome Center facilities, the front porches of Palmetto State hospitality.
Parrish holds a degree in Business Administration from USC and has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College. He is a former Chairman and active member of the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association, serves on the Board for the US Travel Association and is the immediate Past Chair of the National Council of State Tourism Directors.