As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the travel industry has a measurable and purposeful impact on our lives, businesses and the nation's economy as a whole. For the Columbia region, the tourism industry brings in 4 million visitors for a $1 billion impact on the local economy.

As a part of National Travel & Tourism Week, we'd like you to be a "tourist in your own town" and explore all of Columbia, SC's hot spots this week! We'll be highlighting things to do and places to go, so stay tuned to our blog, Facebook or Twitter pages for more details.

Today, hit a home run in The New Game Day Hot Spot!

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Columbia, SC has had the honor of hosting the 2014 SEC Softball Tournament over the past few days. Tonight's final game determines whether Kentucky or Georgia go home the winners of this year's championships. So swing by Beckham Field to see which of these talented teams comes out on top! Tickets are available for purchase at Beckham Field. 

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The South Carolina Gamecocks continue the series against the Missouri Tigers at 3:15pm, so don your garnet and black, head out to Carolina Stadium and cheer the home team to victory!

Stay tuned tomorrow as we paint you a picture of all the things that make Columbia, SC The New Artistic Hot Spot!

Share your hometown tourist moments by posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #nttw14, #famouslyhot and #traveleffect. We might just show off your pictures on our social media!