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.
The PGA Championship is coming back to Kiawah’s Ocean Course in 2021. It had an estimated economic impact of $193M on the region for the same tournament in 2012. And, yes, traffic improvements to get visitors in and out are planned. Ashley Heffernan of The Charleston Business Journal has the story.
While CHS still ranks as the #1 favorite place to travel to by voters of Conde Nast, John McDermott of The Post and Courier says “Charleston vaulted 10 posts last year to become the No. 3 U.S. travel destination according to TripAdvisor’s latest Traveler’s Choice Awards, behind only New York City and Chicago, and ahead of Las Vegas and Seattle. The publication mentions 405 things for visitors to do while in the area.
Researchers report that the Grand Strand’s tourism season for the Fall was the best they had reported in 10 years since they began tracking figures. Hotel occupancies from mid-September to mid-October were up 14 percent compared to the same period in 2013. YAY for <$3.00/gallon gas! Link to the Post and Courier article and the report from The Sun News of Mrytle Beach.
Statewide, REPAR is up 10% from a year ago, and places like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head have seen 20% increases, possibly because of the long, harsh winter. An interesting statistic – 80% of SC visitors travel by car. Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the article.
John McDermott of The Post and Courier provides a story on the CHS hospitality market and the “jewel of the Southeast”, along with talk of a $400/night hotel downtown and, one day, maybe even a St. Regis of a Ritz-Carlton.
Traffic was up considerably last year at CHS, the busiest airport in SC. Thank you Southwest and JetBlue. Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story.
The Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Ashley Barker reports that CHS county sold 31,200 more hotel room-nights in December than in December 2012, and as a result occupancy rose 11.4%. All the while, the daily rate rose 4.1% from the year prior. The CRBJ reports the county has now had year-over-year ADR increases for 36 consecutive months. County-wide, occupancy in 2013 was at 72%, the ADR at $128.83 and REVPAR at $93.92 according to the report from Smith Travel Research and released by the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis and the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
A story from The Charleston Regional Business Journal on the strengthening local hotel market in the face of lots of new rooms coming on line.
A Post and Courier article on airfares dropping at CHS as JetBlue and Southwest solidify their presence here. The percentage decrease from Q3 2012 was the second largest among the nation’s top 100 airports.