Sumter Visitors Center Joins Discover South Carolina's Front Porch Program

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) has named the Sumter Visitors Center a partner in Discover South Carolina’s Front Porch Program.

The Front Porch Program connects local visitor centers and destination marketing organizations in small towns and big cities all over the state with South Carolina’s bustling state-operated Welcome Centers and the powerful Discover South Carolina brand. The program was created to help local entities amplify their reach to attract more visitation.

“Tourism plays a vital role in Sumter’s economy, and we are excited to be one of the first Visitor Centers to participate in this prestigious program,” stated David Merchant, Mayor of Sumter. “This program also opens the door to further networking opportunities throughout the state. We are so excited to explore the possibilities.”

Certified Front Porch program participants share information, promote special events, and provide SCPRT with up-to-date information about their destinations. This allows SCPRT’s nine Welcome Centers to share the latest and greatest information available about our destinations with our millions of visitors, helping increase visitation to those areas and improving visitor experience upon arrival. Program members receive an official window cling and certificate to promote their participation in the program; bulk copies of state maps and the Discover South Carolina Vacation Guide; and access to special training and events hosted by SCPRT’s expert travel staff.

The Sumter Visitor's Center, located on the grounds of the world-famous Swan Lake Iris Gardens, is home to the Sumter Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Office, whose mission is to identify and evaluate all sources of present and future tourism, and to make every effort to encourage, promote, advertise and foster the growth of tourism throughout the private and public sectors. Sumter is a growing city that is rich in history, culture, and recreation, offering visitors numerous parks, a vibrant arts scene, and plenty of sites and museums to explore. Learn more at or the Sumter Visitor Center, 822 W Liberty Street.

Learn more about the Front Porch Program at