Category Archives: Tourism
Carnival Cruise Lines is replacing its Fantasy cruise ship that will call on the cruise port in downtown CHS with a slightly newer and bigger ship that will sail to the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic in 2016. David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story.
Warren Wise of The Post and Courier reports that non-stop daily service between CHS and Dallas will be added to Southwest’s service slate this summer…”an indication of the strength of the market” according to Southwest Spokesman Brad Hawkins. It now serves CHS to Houston, Chicago, Nashville, and Baltimore after entering CHS in 2011, and lowering fares for everyone. Gotta LOV it.
A study from the CHS Metro Chamber of Commerce suggests the aviation industry – primarily the big three of the airport, CHS Air Force Base, and Boeing – are responsible for some $13.9B and 51,000 jobs to the local economy. That’s 40% of the local economy and 16% of the local job base. Sounds like a lot, but the airport’s impact is huge; not to discount Boeing’s affect, but a similar study in 2011, pre-Boeing, suggested 34k jobs and 12% of the region’s employment, but the dollar figure has doubled from about $7B four years ago. Some interesting additional stats:
- Boeing alone accounts for $11B to the local economy, with 8,200 direct workers and sustaining another 20,000 jobs in the region
- Boeing’s growth will continue with its new paint hangar, the recently opened air inlet facility and when it begins its sole production of the 787-10, the largest version of the wide-body aircraft.
- The airport, now eclipsing 3M passengers a year, accounts for 3,915 direct jobs, while visitors using CHS account for some $450M in spending on their visits sustaining another 6,181 jobs.
- The Air Force Base employs 7,300 active-duty and civilian workers and supports another 5,000 jobs with a total economic impact of $1.7B.
Porter Airlines will begin its weekly service between CHS and Toronto. For now, its seasonal service until May 2. Separately, in mid-March, Silver Airways starts service between CHS and Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story.
Kiawah Island’s spa has won top honors for resort spas in master planned communities in the Southeast and Central America. Two others in the top six are Reynolds Plantation at #3 and Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton at #6, two resorts in FL and one in Costa Rica. Warren Wise has the article in The Post and Courier and the top 10 rankings.
For the first time ever, CHS passengers totaled 3.13 persons, the first time ever it has surpassed the 3 million mark, 7% more than in 2013 and 1 million more passengers than in just 2010. Thanks to a solid economic recovery and new airlines to CHS, JetBlue and Southwest, and two new airlines in 2015, Porter Airlines that will serve Toronto and Silver Airways with service to Tampa and Orlando. Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story and statistics.
Second only to Florence, Italy, Charleston was ranked #2 in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, again placing the Holy City in yet another publication’s top awards. In 2012, Conde Nast readers named CHS #1 in the world, falling back to #5 in 2013 (but still tops in the U.S.) and #2 this year. See the link from WCSC Live 5 News. Other cities in the top 25 included Budapest (#3), Cape Town (#4), Prague (#6), Rome (#7), Barcelona (#9), Sydney (#19), and San Francisco (#20). The only other U.S. cities on the list included Chicago (#23), New Orleans (#17), and Santa Fe (#10). The full list from Conde Nast Traveler is here.
Warren Wise reports on the latest forecast from a panel that gathered to a packed room at The Daniel Island Club and sponsored by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. The panel spoke on the industrial front, retailers expanding, along with the office market and housing market and lastly the hotel/hospitality market. It was very upbeat and for good reason. Read on in Warren’s article for The Post and Courier.
Charleston’s Elliott House Inn was named to an exclusive list of the best 12 bed-and-breakfasts in the nation according to USAToday.