LeighAnn Snuggs, Director of Marketing and Tourism for the City of Gaffney has earned certification as a Travel Marketing Professtional (TMP) from STS Marketing College. Certification comes after a course of study spread over three years that includes two work-related projects.

The certification program is a project of the Southeast Tourism Society, a 12 state professional association that promotes travel and tourism in the Southeast. The Class of 2017 was announced at the inaugural STS Connections conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Snuggs was among 79 graduates in the Class of 2017. Since inception in 1992, STS Marketing College has graduated almost 1,100 TMPs. The program uses facilities at the University of North Georgia at Dahlonega to teach travel marketing for a week each summer.

“There is not other program like STS Marketing College in the country. Every TMP is marked as a person who is versed in travel industry knowledge and practicalities,” said Bill Hardman, STS president and CEO.

Instructors are travel industry professionals such as convention and visitors bureau executives, public relations practitioners, sales and marketing consultants, and research experts.

Study topics include special events marketing, media relations, tourism advertising, vacation research, crisis management, heritage tourism and community/rural tourism. In addition to classroom work, students also must complete two projects that relate to their employment.