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2024 Hospitality Heroes

In honor of National Travel & Tourism Week in May 2024, 3 deserving Hospitality Heroes have been selected to win Ultimate Staycation Package valued at $1,500. As of February 2024, there were 54,000 people employed in Leisure and Hospitality in the Upstate. We know a visitor's experience is heavily dependent on their interactions with these businesses and their staff. It's because of YOU that visitors want to come back.

2024 Attractions Winner

Taylor Patterson

Front-of-House Specialist
@ The Children's Museum of the Upstate

"Taylor is the embodiment of excellence at The Children's Museum of the Upstate. With an enthusiasm for problem solving, Taylor's passion and dedication makes every guest interaction a memorable experience. Taylor's exceptional contributions leave families who visit TCMU feeling taken care of and welcomed in the space." - Lindsey Lusk (Coworker)

"Taylor goes above and beyond to ensure our guests have a safe and fun experience. She personally oversees our ticketing programs, making sure we are inclusive to foster families, low income families, and beyond. " - Katie Campbell Smith (Coworker)


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2024 Hotel Winner

Marion Brayboy

Front Office Manager @ Greenville Marriott

"Marion stands as a shining example of what it means to exemplify great hospitality and service in the hospitality industry. His exceptional qualities and dedication to delivering memorable guest experiences make him an outstandingprofessional in this field. Marion's warmth and genuine care for every guest who crosses his path are the cornerstones of his hospitality. He doesn't just meet their needs; he anticipates them. Whether it's a returning guest he greets by name or a first-time visitor, Marion ensures that everyone feels valued and at ease from the moment they arrive. His ability to create a welcoming atmosphere is truly remarkable. In the fast-paced world of hospitality, Marion's attention to detail is a game-changer." - Nicole Carr (Coworker)


2024 Restaurant Winner

Sarah Polite

Catering Manager @ Lewis Barbecue

"Sarah doesn't occasionally go above & beyond, she does this on a daily basis! She goes out of her way to make sure that not only our catering customers have a wonderful and memorable experience, but also those dining with us in the restaurant.

She is not required to interact with in-house customers-she does so because of her love of the hospitality industry and from her love of spreading positivity." - Deborah Brown (Coworker)


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Our 2023 Hospitality Hero

Adel Labib

Executive Housekeeper @ Hotel Hartness

Adel has worked in the industry for over 25 years!

"He works very hard and does so much for his job." -Happy Labib (Family Member)

"Adel is an incredible coworker, leader, and friend. I could not be more blessed to have met him and he deserves recognition for his hard work day in and day out. His dedication to his job and his team are something like I have never seen before. GO ADEL!" - Christina Cole, Catering Sales Manager, Hotel Hartness