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History of CCGS

Charleston Convention and Group Services was founded in 1986 by Erin Mellen.

After graduating from Columbia College Erin traveled extensively through the US and Europe.In 1966 she found herself in South Korea working for the Red Cross. With the responsibility of coordinating recreational activities and entertainment for the troops, Erin found her calling. Her love of combiningtravel and planning began.

History of CCGS

Upon Erin’s return to the states she married and was soon stationed with her husband, Pat Mellen in Aschaffenburg, Germany. During her two years in Germany she was able to continue her travels in Europe and fell in love with the history, cuisine and culture. After her husband’s retirement from the army in 1972 Pat urged Erin to move to Charleston where he had attended college at the Citadel. He assured Erin that her love of history and culture would find a welcome home in a city inspired by European architecture and flavor.

Yet undiscovered by the touring industry, Charleston showed the need for exciting ways to experience the city. Recognizing an opportunity, Erin, together with Pat, started one of the first major per capita touring companies, Heritage Tours & Transportation. Importing Double Decker buses from England they provided the Charleston visitor with a new way to see the city.

In 1986, Erin took this one step further incorporating CCGS. Together with dining, accommodations and special events she took touring into the fully planned experience for groups visiting the city. Having now been in the business for over 22 years, CCGS has not only the experience, but the expertise to provide the best planning service Charleston has to offer.

Charleston Convention & Group Services Inc. is a member of the National Tour Association, the Charleston Area Convention and Bureau’s Travel Council, the Charleston Hospitality Association, the Charleston Hoteliers
Exchange Club, and the Charleston Tour Association.

Erin Mellen has served on the board of the Charleston Area CVB, the Charleston Hospitality Association, the Charleston Hoteliers Exchange club and the Charleston Tour Association. She is also member of the Carolinas Chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

For planning the familiarization tours for the Travel South Meeting in Charleston in 2000 Erin was awarded the coveted Golden Pineapple Award by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2008 the Charleston Tour Association honored her with the annual Elizabeth Jenkins Young Award for her role in founding the organization, her subsequent leadership and her excellence in guiding.

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