People who visit Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum seem to like what they see. Travelers to the Mount Pleasant tourist attraction gave it 208 “excellent” ratings and 73 “very good” scores out of the 301 received on the travel website TripAdvisor.
That caused the website to issue the state-owned facility a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, with an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. A visitor in May called the museum “a must for military enthusiasts” and said it was “a good time for a family trip.”
This, of course, is a big business week for the attraction, which is changing up its Independence Day fireworks display by lighting the colorful explosives from a barge in Charleston Harbor: For $10 a pop, spectators on Wednesday night will be able to view the show from the deck of the Yorktown for the first time.
A veteran of the coastal radio business has moved inland.
Mike “Rock Doc” Allen, the longtime operations manager for LM Communications’ 98 Rock at 98.1 FM and The Bridge at 105.5-FM, has joined Hometown Columbia LLC, which recently purchased two stations in the Capital City.
In his new gig, Allen is heading up the morning crew at WWNU-92.1, which on Friday made the switch to the so-called Triple A format: adult album alternative. The former jazz outlet has been renamed The Palm. Allen also is operations manager. He had worked in the Charleston market in various roles for LM for about a dozen years.
Coincidentally, The Palm has another coastal connection: The station’s official spokesman is guitarist Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish fame. Bryan also is with Chucktown Music Group, a Charleston-based studio and production business.
Another recent Charleston radio refugee is Megan Sosne, who had been with Clear Channel’s Y102.5 Y Morning Wakeup since October 2010, She headed back west for the only other place where Boeing Co. makes commercial airplanes: Seattle. “I look forward to the next step in my career but am sad to be leaving such a special place here,” she said in a Facebook posting.
Business Roundtable, an association of chief executives of large U.S. companies, is campaigning for Congress to approve “permanent normal trade relations” with Russia, and part of that campaign involves pointing out expected benefits to specific states including South Carolina.
Russia will join the World Trade Organization later this year, and business groups have been urging approval of PNTR, but the issue has been complicated by efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for human-rights abuses.
Business Roundtable says South Carolina exported $104 million worth of goods to Russia in 2011.
“If Congress passes Russia PNTR, these numbers are expected to grow,” the organization said. “If Congress fails to act on PNTR, these numbers will likely fall …”
Travelers who have stayed at a Wyndham-managed lodgings would be wise to check their credit card statement.
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit last week against global hospitality company Wyndham WorldwideCorp. and three subsidiaries. The company operates hotels and vacation rental properties in the Charleston area, and around the world.
The FTC said it’s suing Wyndham “for alleged data security failures that led to three data breaches at Wyndham hotels in less than two years.”
The FTC alleges that the failures led to fraudulent charges on consumers’ accounts, millions of dollars in fraud loss and the export of hundreds of thousands of consumers’ payment card account information to an Internet domain address registered in Russia.
Wyndham didn’t mention the break-ins in its 2011 annual report or prior securities filings, according to an Associated Press review of the records. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates public companies, wants businesses under its purview to inform investors of cybercrimes.
Wyndham said in an emailed statement to the Associated Press that it “fully complied with SEC regulations in regards to the disclosure of material events.” In the statement, Wyndham said the incidents were “previously reported,” an apparent reference to notices to consumers that were published on the company’s website. The company also said the FTC’s claims were without merit.