Beaufort News

Beaufort chamber, VCB could split

The visitor and convention bureau of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce could spin off into a separate group, the executive board of the chamber's VCB announced in a news release Tuesday.

"The activities of the chamber and the activities of the VCB have grown to a point that their individual missions may be better served as two organizations," chamber chairman Jimmy Boozer said in the release.

The chamber board and VCB board will explore a split during planning sessions this month.

The visitor center staff of the VCB moved into The Arsenal in April, and the remainder of the chamber VCB staff is scheduled to move into the Carnegie Library Building soon. If two organizations are formed, the space at both facilities "can easily accommodate the staff and two missions," the release stated.

The area once had a second tourism organization, the Beaufort-Port Royal Convention and Visitors Bureau formed in late 2008, but that group and the chamber ended an acrimonious relationship in June 2009 when they agreed to coordinate their tourism marketing.