The week ahead

South Carolina’s tourism industry will be front and center at a conference that starts Wednesday at Belmond Charleston Place.

Events you need to know about this week:

U.S. stock and bond markets are closed for Presidents Day.

National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for Feb.

French tiremaker Michelin, which has extensive operations in South Carolina, reports 2015 earnings.

The three-day S.C. Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel gets underway at Belmond Charleston Place in downtown Charleston. Duane Parrish, director of the state Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, will provide an update on the industry, including its economic impact and new marketing initiatives. He will also discuss the agency’s efforts to upgrade S.C. welcome centers.

Spartanburg-based restaurant operator and franchisor Denny’s Corp. announces financial and operating re-sults for 4th quarter and full year.

U.S. Commerce Department releases Jan. housing starts.

The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its January interest-rate meeting, when it decided to stay put and not raise rates, as it had done in December for the first time in about eight years. The central bank also releases Jan. industrial production figures.

Berkeley County smelter owner Century Aluminum Co. reports 4th quarter and full-year 2015 earnings. The company will hold a conference call at 5 p.m. The earnings call will be webcast at The company will likely give an update about its S.C. plant, which it is threatening to close unless it can switch electricity providers.

Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates.

U.S. Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index for January.

Staff and wire reports