Jonathan Paris is New Executive Director of Sports Tourism

Jonathan Paris has officially joined Visit Myrtle Beach as the Executive Director of Sports Tourism!  Jonathan will lead the efforts to bring sporting events, meetings, and tourism to the communities and sports facilities along the 60 miles of the Grand Strand.

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Jonathan got his start in sports tourism in 1999 at the Massachusetts Sports Partnership in Boston. For 13 years, the last 6 as the Executive Director, he worked to attract and support world class sporting events and meetings to the cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Notable events included the NCAA Div. I Women’s Final Four, the NCAA Lacrosse Championships, the US Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials, the US Figure Skating National Championships, the Dew Tour action sports tour, and the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors Meetings to name just a few.  Additionally, Jonathan worked hard to create opportunities for the youth of Massachusetts through the events MSP attracted.

Prior to joining Visit Myrtle Beach, Jonathan served as Director of Events at Austin Junior Volleyball in Austin, Texas. In this role, he organized and executed convention center-based USA Volleyball sanctioned girls and boys club volleyball tournaments, including the Mizuno Lone Star Classic National Qualifier in Dallas, one of the largest USA Volleyball sanctioned events in the country with over 1,800 teams on two 3-day weekends.

Growing up in Cartersville Virginia, Jonathan attended Hampden-Sydney College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1996. Following a year working for the Goochland, Virginia County Parks & Recreation Department, Jonathan earned a Master of Science in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University. 

Jonathan and his wife Sarah have three children, Isabella, Stevie, and Charlie and a corgi, Georgie.

Jonathan can be reached via email at or on his cell phone at (617) 365-5231.

Please join us in welcoming Jonathan Paris as the new Executive Director of Sports Tourism for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.