New and Notable in 2019


The Experience Columbia SC team contracted 41 future events this past quarter that are expected to draw 22,280 attendees and $2.4 million in estimated economic impact.

Our Convention Services Manager assisted 26 groups this past quarter, while our Partnership Services Manager built relationships with 22 new partners. The Visitors Center responded to 3,016 inquiries for information about the Columbia region.


We unveiled the new Columbia SC Visitors Center, located at the corner of Lincoln and Gervais Streets, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 26. The facility’s increased visibility at this new location provides an increased opportunity to engage with the community and connect with more visitors who are passing by. 

Locals and travelers alike can stop in for information on the region, shop for local products and even participate in a weekend walking tour of the Vista led by Historic Columbia. Updated technology offers interactive opportunities by way of a six-foot social media wall that displays user-generated photos and a digital kiosk that allows visitors to access maps of the city, hot deals and itineraries they can email or text to themselves.

Additionally, the launch of our monthly Partner Thursday initiative affords us the opportunity to highlight our various community partners and connect you all with new audiences.


Pick up a copy of this year’s Insider’s Guide at the Visitors Center in the Vista, at our Visitors Center location inside the South Carolina State Museum and at other locations around town or access the digital version here. Thank you to all our partners who made this possible and happy reading!


To help establish new relationships and cultivate business in the Columbia region, the ECSC Sales team participated in industry trade shows and shared our destination’s story with meeting planners. We had a presence at: 

  • Destinations International Membership Summit in Palm Springs
  • Six in the City BBQ Event in Washington DC
  • Connect Faith in Ontario, California
  • Connect Georgia in Atlanta
  • AMEX Interaction in San Diego
  • Association Executives of North Carolina Tradeshow in Raleigh