Charles E. Fraser Sustainable Resort Development Conference

2nd Sustainable Resort Development Conference

featured by USC Beaufort and Sea Pines

Mission Statement

The mission of the 2nd Sustainable Resort Development Conference 2017 is to host a public conversation among community leaders, scientists, managers, and government officials that explores the sustainable future for our Coastal Community.


In 2013 we held the Charles E. Fraser Sustainable Resort Development Conference. In the spring of 2017, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) and the Sea Pines Resort will build on this success and host the 2nd Sustainable Resort Development Conference to discuss the environment, social, and economic challenges in the region. Between May 17th and May 19th of 2017 a group of scientists will introduce current problems, experts will present (hands-on) solutions and a panel will suggest possible profits for (resort) communities and individuals. Key-topics which have been identified include; Cultural/Eco-Tourism, Resource Management, Renewable Resources, Challenges of Sea Level Rise and Quality of Life.

We expect about 150 people from different areas of expertise and from all regions of the Lowcountry including resort owners, developers and government planners. Our host will be the Sea Pines Resort and USCB will provide the management, execution and expertise for another successful conference.

Financial characteristic

A budget has been estimated at $35,000 for the actual conference, as well as an additional $15,000 for an annual research project. The steering committee will appoint one of USCB’s research projects, with a specific focus on the sustainable environmental impact. The grant will include a commitment to present the results at the next conference. The budget will be supported by multiple entities. Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute, (LRITI) and Sea Pines Resort have already made their commitment, also the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance, Clemson University and the South Carolina Department of Commerce have promised their financial involvement. Other sources of income include conference sponsorships, vendor opportunities, as well as attendance fees. 

Mission Statement 2017