The Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development (SmartState Tourism) is dedicated to generating data-driven insights that inform and support the growth of tourism economies. SmartState Tourism works with industry professionals, scholars, organizations and stakeholders across three primary areas of focus.
Research: leading innovative, relevant, and interdisciplinary research to respond to industry needs.
SmartState Tourism is home to three research laboratories/initiatives:
- The Coastal Tourism Resilience Laboratory (CENTRAL)
- The Tourism Crisis Management Initiative (TCMI)
- and, Tourism and Destination Competitiveness (TDC)
Consulting: collaborating with consulting firms to address real-world issues for destinations across the globe.
Training: providing critical knowledge and skills through dynamic workshops, certificates and courses.
Graduate Students, Internships and Visiting Scholars
If you are interested in working with us as a graduate student, intern or visiting scholar please fill out our form using the button below.