The Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development was established in 2010 with a specific goal to encourage research directly applicable to tourism in South Carolina.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Keeping Hospitality in the Family!
Simon received a very special guest last week, when his second cousin, Karl Hudson, dropped in to see him on campus. The two didn’t know each other existed until a few years ago. Karl – apart from being a top hotel executive – is a keen genealogist, and found Simon as he researched the family tree. Karl is currently Marriot’s Area Vice President for Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. He speaks five languages including Mandarin, so he was very comfortable conversing with the Center’s Associates, Fang Meng and Kevin So. He was down in Florida with other Marriott leaders to explore the DNA of innovation. Coincidentally, innovation is the topic of the conference that the SmartState Center will be putting on in August. Partners for the conference are the International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education, the University of Aruba – and Marriott! Watch this space for more details.