The Upstate is the venue this year for the largest meeting and networking session for South Carolina's hospitality industry.

The 47th annual Governor's Conference on Tourism & Travel will be held Feb. 20-22 at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center.

Among the highlights, Charleston hotelier Duane Parrish will outline his first year as director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism on Feb. 22, when tourism leaders will be asked to grade his agency's performance. The results will be revealed that same day.