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Tourism Management Division

From April 27th –May 15th All individuals that are interested in signing up for the next tour guide exam on May 18th, or purchasing an Tour Guide Manual please see Jackie Smith in the permit office located in the Bus Shed behind the Visitor’s Center. Please note that May 8th is the last day to register for the exam. The new Tourism Management Office will be located on the 3rd floor of the Gaillard Auditorium open to the public on May 18, 2015. Should you have any questions and/or concerns, contact our office at 843-724-7395.

About the Division

The Tourism Management Division serves as a liaison between the tourism industry and the city's residents. Services provided by the division include licensing tour guides, issuance of tour permits, and enforcement of the Tourism Ordinance, among others.

The administrative office of the Division of Tourism Management is located near the Visitor Reception and Transportation Center at 32 Ann Street (in the same building as the Music Farm and Charleston School of Law Library) and is open every day of the week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas Day). This division serves as a liaison between the tourism industry on the local, state, and national level and the city's residents. Its purpose is to provide a cohesive balance between one of the city's major industries and its citizenry.
Responsibilities of this division include, but not limited to:

  • Licensing of city tour guides
  • Determination of vehicle appropriateness (buses and carriages)
  • Issuance of transportation and tour permits for motor coaches
  • Overall enforcement of the City of Charleston's Tourism Ordinance

Beverly Green
Administrative Assistant

2 George Street
Ste. 3700
Charleston, SC 29403

Ph: 843-724-7395
Fx: 843-579-7673