Travel South USA is the official regional destination marketing organization for the southern United States. The non-profit organization promotes travel to and within its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Travel South USA serves as an information source for journalists, tour operators, retail travel agents and other travel professionals.

Headquarters

3500 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite 210
Atlanta, GA 30305
Tel: 404-231-1790 Fax: 404-231-2364
E-mail: info@travelsouthusa.com


Staff

Liz Bittner - President & CEO
Rob Nolen - Vice President, Partnerships & Alliances
David Kemp - Vice President, Global Sales & Media Relations
Sam Lacy - Director, Marketing & Communications
Meredith Wilkes - Manager, Finance & Partner Relations
Catherine Li - Coordinator, China Initiatives


Mission

Travel South USA was formed in 1965 by resolution presented at the Southern Governor's Conference by the Southern Travel Directors Council.

The Travel South USA partnership provides a foundation for collaboration by state tourism offices to position tourism as a vital and dynamic element in the region’s economic development.
 
Since 1965, the mission of Travel South USA is to promote, foster and encourage travel to and within its member states by:
  • Providing opportunities for destinations and travel-related companies to market themselves to established travel buyers in North America and select international markets
  • Exchanging ideas and programs which would be of mutual benefit
  • Organizing promotional opportunities with a solid purpose, accountable results and continuity
  • Fostering regional promotional plans throughout the South
  • Working closely with destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce and other travel oriented organizations
  • Raising the economic standing of the South and member states through successful promotional efforts
  • Building the image of the South and member states as progressive, dynamic, enjoyable and scenic travel destinations
  • Positioning tourism as a vital and dynamic element in the South’s economy