“We are eternally grateful for the hard work that the Experience Columbia SC team continues to put in year after year to expose visitors and tourists to the many wonders the Midlands region has to offer, which are essentially some of the same assets we use to attract development to our area. They have done a tremendous job in building our regional brand, and are continuously looking for new ways to innovate in the destination marketing field, which helps us in our role as economic developers to attract talent and grow the business community. We always welcome the opportunity to collaborate with their team because of their reputation to produce excellent results quickly, efficiently and effectively.”

-Ryan Coleman, Director - City of Columbia Office of Economic Development

“During a year of such great uncertainty, Graduate Columbia has most appreciated our Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. They have worked tirelessly to not only bring back annual group business, but drum up new, innovative business that Columbia tourism so desperately needs. Their outside-of-the-box ideas are one example of why they represent our wonderful city and Graduate Columbia is proud to stand by them and support their mission.”

-Leanna Lee, Director of Sales – Graduate Columbia

“The South Carolina Funeral Directors Association (SCFDA) has been meeting at the CMCC for the past 17 years. The location is great, the rooms are perfect, hotels are close and above all the staff. The Convention Staff are some of the best. They communicate and are always willing to make adjustments.”

-Rion Rampey, SC Funeral Directors Association

“Scott and his team at Experience Columbia SC Sports were a great group to work with. It was easy communication to lock in an awesome venue as well as hotel block and dining/entertainment options for our event. Columbia was a beautiful city and we are can't wait to go back!”

-Nora White, Senior Sport Development Manager - Spikeball Inc.

“Forget what you think you know about Columbia. Yes, the downtown is still home to the University of South Carolina. And state legislators still convene at the capitol, where the scars of Union cannonballs mar the granite walls. But these days, students, politicians, and cannonballs are not the only hallmarks of the South Carolina city. Dubbed “Cola” by the cool kids, Columbia is on a high-energy roll. You can now do things like zipline over the Saluda River, cheer on the Columbia Fireflies, step into a room-sized work of art, sip craft beer on a rooftop bar, ponder the Busted Plug, and earn a stamp for your Pimento Cheese Passport"

-Amy Balfour, Southern Flavor Magazine