Category Archives: Tourism

Downtown Sees Potential Of A 16% Increase in Hotel Room Inventory

The Post and Courier’s Allison Prang offers a timely article on a big slug of potential hotel room inventory looming of some 760 rooms.  Too many?  The city will study supply and demand as the city considers a moratorium on new zoning applications through the rest of 2016…

Restoration Hotel and Gadsden House Top Event Ranking Site

Two downtown CHS hotels – The Restoration and The Gadsden House – are among the nation’s top 100 hottest newcomers of The Venue Report, a website oriented to wedding and event planners.  Allison Prang of The Post and Courier has the brief article here.

Travel and Leisure Ranks CHS #2 In World

After ranking as the #1 city in the U.S. and Canada in T+L’s World’s Best Awards – for the third straight year – readers of T+L voted CHS the #2 “Destination of the Year” award, behind only Nashville, TN.  Allison Prang has the announcement here for The Post and Courier.

Old Marriott Will Be…The New Marriott

The N CHS hotel that was the Marriott three decades ago will undergo an extensive renovation and re-open as a new(er) Marriott this summer.  JHM Hotels out of Greenville bought the hotel that later became a Hilton and most recently a Sheraton and currently the independent Charleston Plaza, bought the property for about $5.9M in mid 2014.  JHM also owns the Marriott and the Courtyard by Marriott, both downtown.  The Post and Courier’s Allison Prang has the story here.

June Opening for New Patriots Point Hotel

The Beach Club, a 92-room waterfront hotel with a “residential feel” and adjacent a full-service marina will open in June.  Average nightly rates are projected to hit $400 in the high season and $200 in off-season.  The Post and Courier’s Allison Prang has the update here.

Alaska Airlines Starts Non-Stop Service to Seattle

The Great Northwest and The  Lowcountry are now connected with the first non-stop service between the Seattle on the West Coast and CHS with 3x a week service beginning in November.  John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the story here.

$15M Expansion to The Restoration Hotel Opening in December

Ranked 38th in the world by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, the newly expanded Restoration on King is set to open, adding 34 rooms.  Allison Prang has the announcement here for The Post and Courier.

SC Tourism – 39 Million Visitors Per Year and $18 Billion Industry

Charleston is the #2 tourist destination in the state behind Myrtle Beach (?really?) as part of the state’s $18B tourism industry that results in some 39 million visitors each year to the Palmetto State.  (Overall, CHS gets about 5 million visitors a year).  Through the first half of 2015, all indicators are positive (hotel occupancies up 2% and room demand up 3%, average room rates up 6% and REVPAR up 8%) – and “tourism is alive and well in South Carolina”, all according to an article from the Associated Press’ Bruce Smith via The Post and Courier.

One More Time – TandL Names CHS Best City in US/Canada for 3rd Year in A Row

Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, as voted on by their worldwide readers, awarded CHS its top city ranking in the U.S./Canada for the third year in a row, and #2 in the world, behind only Kyoto, Japan.  For the U.S./Canada rankings, numbers two thru five were New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, San Francisco, followed by Quebec City, Chicago, New York, Victoria City and Asheville.

Separately, Conde Nast Traveler has voted CHS the #1 city to visit in the US for each of the past four years.

Also, T&L ranked the Top Small (<100 rooms) City Hotels and CHS hotels took all four of the top rankings, and the #6 slot as well – The Wentworth Mansion, French Quarter Inn, Planters Inn, and The Vendue, followed by The Market Pavillion.

Warren Wise has the complete story here for The Post and Courier.

$101M Marion Square Hotel Development Finally Underway

After acquiring the old Charleston County library in the mid-1990s and first proposing a hotel in 2004 and a court battle over the size/scale of the development that reached the S.C. Supreme Court, Bennett Hospitality has broken ground on a $101M development for a full-service hotel adjacent to Marion Square and across from the historic Francis Marion hotel.  John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the story.