Monday, May 25, 2015

What is your favorite cinematic destination?

Simon Hudson was recently asked by USA Today to choose 20 destinations where TV shows and movies play a major role in the tourist scene. Along with fellow expert Stefan Roesch from Germany, Hudson devised a list of locations that have benefited from the growing phenomenon of film tourism. Readers of USA Today now have until 8 June to vote on their favorite. The list includes Dubrovnik, Croatia (Game of Thrones), Albuquerque (Breaking Bad), Scotland (Braveheart) Berkshire, England (Downton Abbey), New Zealand (Lord of the Rings), and Petra Jordan (Indiana Jones). The current leaderboard has New Zealand in first place, followed by Petra and then Scotland. More information on the competition and the 20 destinations can be found at:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dr. Hudson Kicks Off T-Forum

Simon Hudson was a keynote speaker earlier this month at the inaugural t-FORUM Global Conference called Tourism Intelligence in Action. The conference was held in the beautiful old town of Naples, Italy from May 4th-7th,2015
The forum was co-organized and supported by the Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development of the National Research Council (IRISS - CNR). Dr. Hudson was asked to speak about the SmartState program, and his efforts in South Carolina to conduct applied and commercially relevant research in order to improve the competitiveness of the state as a tourism destination. Over 200 delegates from academia and industry attended the conference.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Don't Miss this Event!

This forum is bound to interest and enlighten academics, industry leaders and entrepreneurs alike. Confirmed speakers include a former Shark Tank contestant, a former Survivor contestant, highly impressive USC alumni that have transformed their education into booming hospitality businesses, international economic development and technology experts and companies that have realized the value of incubation, all presented in an interactive and fun environment. Register today at