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New agency tapped to handle SC's tourism promotion

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Bluffton advertising agency was tapped by the state Thursday to promote South Carolina's $15 billion tourism industry with a contract worth an estimated $57 million.

The contract will go to BFG Communications of Bluffton, said Marion Edmonds, a spokesman for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. For years, the contract had been handled by Greenville-based Leslie Advertising and its successor, the bounce Agency.

BFG has more than 250 employees and its clients range from Coca-Cola to Warner Brother Entertainment and Hanes Brands. Edmonds said BFG was selected from a group of four finalists, all South Carolina ad agencies. He said the bounce Agency is closing.

The initial contract period runs for six months and then it will be extended for six years.

The Budget and Control Board estimates that over that time, the contract could be worth about $57 million.

Edmonds said PRT's spring ad campaign is already set but the public will see BFG's imprint beginning with the fall advertising effort. The new contract takes effect on Jan. 15 after a standard 10-day period in which others can protest the award.

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