Fifteen months after a major scandal, the former S.C. Hospitality Association has distanced itself from the fallout by changing its name, bringing in the former head of the state’s top tourist agency to rebuild it and putting safeguards in place to prevent a recurrence. The new president and CEO of the newly formed S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association is 67-year-old John Durst, a Furman graduate who formerly served as head of the state Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism.
Durst graduated from Furman in 1967 with a degree in political science.
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