SC Agritourism Association 2018
Join… the only association dedicated to promoting and marketing South Carolina Agritourism Farms! We seek to: Educate agritourism operations in an effort to create sustainable activities and attractions. Encourage the highest standards in hospitality and tourism initiatives. Facilitate economic growth by promoting and fostering increased agriculture-based tourism throughout South Carolina. Advocate proactively on behalf of Agritourism operations within state-level organizations.
Application available Here!
SCAA Annual Conference 2018
Annual Conference scheduled March 5-6, 2018, in Florence, SC. The hotel is the Hampton Inn, 1735 Stokes Road, Florence, SC 29501. SCAA is getting a rate of $109 per room, you have until February 15, 2018, to keep that rate. A full breakfast is offered. The Palmetto Room will be our meeting room for the Conference. A Welcome reception will be held at the Hampton on Monday evening after the Farm tours. The farms to be visited are Dargan Farms, McArthur Farms, McLeod Farms, and Pee Dee State Farmers Market. Topics for the Conference:
- Insurance, a huge issue for Agritourism
- Concession Food
- Field Trips
- Labor – another huge issue. How to find, market, retain, background checks, drug tests
- Social Media/Marketing/Advertising
- Partnering with other farms
Prices will be the same as previous years. The bus tour and conference as a member is $85.00, and $50.00 for the conference only. For non-members the price is $130.00 for the bus tour and conference, conference only is $95.00.
The South Carolina General Assembly has approved legislation creating the Agritourism and Tourist Oriented Directional Signage Program, commonly referred to as the TODS program.
TODS is a program that allows tourism and agritourism-oriented facilities to have directional signing placed in the highway right-of-way. The program is a cooperative effort between the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) and the SC Department of Agriculture (SCDA). Designed to promote agritourism and tourist-oriented facilities in rural areas, the program provides directional signing from the closest primary route, a designated SC or US route.
The SCDA and the SCPRT are responsible for promoting the program and screening businesses to ensure that they qualify to participate in the program. The screening process is referred to as “pre-approval.” Deadline for the Pre-approval Application submission is April 30, 2018.
SCDOT’s authorized agent, South Carolina Logos, Inc., is responsible for administering the program and fabricating and installing all program signs. Businesses must submit final applications to SCDOT after receiving pre-approval to participate in the program from the Department of Agriculture or Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The final application is to be reviewed and approved or rejected by the TODS program oversight committee as required by section 57-25-8 of the South Carolina Code of laws.