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. 

ATAX Goals:

  1. To design and implement a media campaign to increase overall awareness of Sumter as a destination.
  2. Implement an educational program for employees in the hospitality industry, with the goal of increasing visitation to the Sumter community.
  3. To increase visitation and tracking performance through an integrated campaign promoting Sumter’s local attractions.
  4. To increase visitation and tracking performance through an integrated campaign promoting Sumter’s most notable events.

ATAX Committee Members:

Hospitality & Lodging Members
  • Cheryl Baker, Hyatt Place
  • Craig Justice, Springhill Suites
  • J. Wayne Lowder, Guignard Diner
  • Tommie Sorrell, Willie Sue's
Cultural Representative
  • Denise Weeks, Sumter County Museum Board
At-Large Members
  • Earl Wilson, Jr., Arby's
  • Caleb McGowan, National Bank of South Carolina

 Ex-Officio 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
803-436-2640
tourism@sumtersc.gov

Annual Tourism Expenditure Reports:

FY July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
FY July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
FY July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Helpful Links:

Sumter Community
Tourism Department
SC PRT