Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee

“Travel” and “Tourism” mean the action and activities of people taking trips outside their home communities for any purpose, except daily commuting to and from work. Accommodations tax (ATAX) funds must be used to attract and provide for tourists, and must be spent on tourism-related expenditures. 

23-24 Goals:

  1. To design and implement a marketing partnership with the local hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, and retail sectors, with the goal of increasing visitation to Sumter landmarks and events.

  2. To increase visitation and tracking performance through an integrated campaign promoting Sumter’s local attractions and events.

  3. To partner with area agencies, with the goal of growing the economic base through visitation, relocation, and business opportunities.


Committee Members:

Hospitality & Lodging Members
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  • Tracy McLaughlin, 1912 Bed & Breakfast
  • Tommie Sorrell, Willie Sue's
  • Earl Wilson, Jr., Arby's
Cultural Representative
  • Wygelia Palmer, Singer
At-Large Members
  • Michael Brown, Assured Partners/Bynum Insurance
  • Thomas Bultman, Retired
 Ex-Officio (non-voting) Members
  • Chris Hardy, Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce
  • Shelley Kile, City of Sumter
  • Phil Parnell, Sumter County

Interested in serving on this committee? Click here to download a Citizens Form for Service.

Contact Info:

Sumter Convention & Visitors Bureau
822 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150
[email protected]

Annual Tourism Expenditure Reports:

FY July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Helpful Links:

Calendar of Events
Discover Sumter
SC Vacation Guide
SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office
Southeast Tourism Society