|Di Wang and Lin Zhao of Smart Palmetto|
The USC/Columbia Incubator and the SmartState Center for Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development welcomed its newest company in January 2014. Smart Palmetto is a Chinese Tourism Company that hopes to lure tourists from China to the Palmetto State by providing these tourists with tailored packages that meet the leisure interests of the Chinese tourist, provide culturally appropriate activities and assist with the administrative and governmental protocols related to US travel. Di Wang and Lin Zhao are the company's founders. Both are working hard to recruit hospitality companies to develop tours primarily aimed at the promotion of Golf, Shopping and Beach tourism to South Carolina. The duo are primarily targeting Chinese tourist and hope to be accepting the first tour groups in early 2015.