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Partner Benefits

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau partners with hospitality-related businesses to promote economic development in the Columbia region and draw visitors to local businesses. Find ways to partner with us below and please contact Judie VanPatten, partnership services manager, at jvanpatten@columbiacvb.com to get more information on how you can take advantage of our partnership opportunities.

Standard Partnership Services

  • Complimentary listing on columbiacvb.com, including information with a link to your website, logo and photos.
  • Integrated Google maps directions to your business on columbiacvb.com
  • Complimentary copies of the Official Columbia Visitors Guide for your customers
  • Access to the CVB partner extranet to update your business information for your website listing
  • Opportunity to submit discounts, packages, special offers or coupons to appear on columbiacvb.com
  • Receive quarterly partnership e-newsletters
  • Receive qualified leads and referrals from CVB sales department
  • Opportunity to submit events with visitor appeal to our calendar of events, the top-searched calendar of events in the Columbia region

Additional Partnership Opportunities

ADVERTISE IN THE OFFICIAL COLUMBIA VISITORS GUIDE

The guide includes information on accommodations, attractions, dining, shopping, events and more. 160,000 copies are distibuted annually in addition to a digital version available on our website. Guides are mailed to individual visitors upon request, distributed at South Carolina Welcome Centers and are available at various locations throughout the region. The CVB partners with Resorts Media to provide our partners with listings and ads.

PROVIDE TICKET SALES OR HOTEL BOOKINGS THROUGH ARES TRAVEL

The CVB partners with aRes Travel, an online booking engine integrated into our website, to offer visitors the capability of booking hotel rooms, rental cars, flights and attractions tickets directly from columbiacvb.com. Marketing efforts to drive visitors to choose and book custom packages are being conducted through online advertising, traditional marketing and social media. If you're interested in more information, please email Renee Williamson at rwilliamson@columbiaauthority.com.

ADVERTISE ON COLUMBIACVB.COM AND EXPERIENCECOLUMBIA.MOBI

Thousands of unique visitors each month rely on columbiacvb.com to help them determine where to stay, shop, eat and relax in Columbia, SC. We are now able to offer our partners the opportunity to advertise on columbiacvb.com and our mobile site, experiencecolumbia.mobi. Research shows that 60% of all site visitors that come to columbiacvb.com have already decided to visit the area. Get them to your business with additional exposure throughout the official Columbia, SC tourism website. 

HOSPITALITY HOTSPOTTERS

Hospitality Hotspotters is a hospitality training program with a focus on tourism, retail, entertainment, economic development and community organizations. The CVB works in conjunction with the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association to provide quarterly half-day training sessions. Registration is $15 per training, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, please visit our Hospitality Training page.

Contacts for Additional Opportunities

OFFICIAL COLUMBIA VISITORS GUIDE

Hyatt Drake
Resorts Media
hyattd@free-times.com
803.765.0707, ext. 153

ADVERTISE ON COLUMBIACVB.COM AND EXPERIENCECOLUMBIA.MOBI

Gail Stewart
Online Account Executive
Destination Travel Network, an internet technology partner of Columbia Metropolitan CVB
gstewart@destinationtravelnetwork.com  

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