Hilton Head Island has repeatedly been named the best island destination in the world, earning praise for its world-class resorts, amenities and services. Now, students at the University of South Carolina Beaufort can learn the art of hospitality from the best, right here on the island.
In November, the USCB unveiled its new Hospitality Management Campus near the Sea Pines Circle. The 40,000 square foot facility, which cost $24.5 million to construct resembles more of a conference center rather than a school based on it’s tabby columns and soaring atrium with exposed wood.
The campus has eight classrooms, including a beverage/bar laboratory and demonstration kitchen. There is also a fabrication laboratory for students to create high-quality marketing materials. There are 150 students signed up for classes starting in January 2019 with enrollment expected to significantly increase over the next 2 years.
The campus was designed and built by award-winning Liollio of Charleston and Fraser Construction, a general contractor headquartered in Bluffton and owned by Joseph B. Fraser III. This project was personal for Fraser whose father and uncle where co-founders of Sea Pines Plantation. The duo were often credited with helping to put Hilton Head on the map as a vacation destination.
Students are hoping for hand on experience working in a top vacation and tourism area like Hilton Head Island. Tourism and hospitality are a $21 billion a year industry for South Carolina, employing one out of 10 workers. For this reason, it is expected this campus will be a real draw to students nationwide.
For more information about Hilton Head Island happenings, please contact Kathy Zimmermann at 843-633-3307.