8.6.18 Monica Smith hired as President & CEO of Southeast Tourism Society

With more than 26 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, Monica Smith becomes only the third CEO in STS's 35-year history. Most recently she was vice president of sales and services for Visit Jacksonville (Florida) the city’s tourism sales and marketing organization.

7.30.18 STS Talks Tourism

STS Director of Communications, Wendy Thomas, sat down with the Founders & Creators of Stooge, a new software program for event management, to discuss STS's role within tourism and the festival/event industry.

7.18.18 Bill Hardman honored during largest Congressional Summit in STS History

All 12 STS member states were represented during the 18th Annual STS Congressional Summit. More than 80 travel and tourism industry professionals met with members of Congress to discuss an array of issues important to tourism. Complementing policy education programs for attendees, and visits to congressional offices across Capitol Hill, was a celebratory dinner for Bill Hardman, who is retiring after 21 years as STS president and CEO and 50 years in the tourism industry.

7.13.18 Bill Hardman to retire after 21 years as President & CEO of Southeast Tourism Society

Bill Hardman, president and CEO of Southeast Tourism Society (STS), is retiring after almost 50 years in the tourism industry. His tourism career began in 1969 with seasonal work at Six Flags Over Georgia and was capped by 21 years with STS.

6.22.18 STS Marketing College Boasts Largest Enrollment in its 27th Year

STS Marketing College, a three-year professional development program in tourism marketing, has recorded its largest total enrollment and largest first-year class.

4.24.18 STS Announces 2018 Shining Example Award Winners

Rock City Named Southeast’s Travel Attraction of the Year; Louisiana and West Virginia Receive Multiple Tourism Awards during the inaugural STS Connections hosted in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

1.25.18 Stowaway becomes corporate partner of Southeast Tourism Society

Stowaway, based out of Charleston, South Carolina, will give a visual voice to the opportunities STS provides its members throughout the year.

STS Staff Contact

Email: Wendy Thomas

Director of Communications