Tourism affected by hurricanes


SC Tourism Down in Sept.

Blame the hurricanes

Ken Pauli
December 07, 2017 - 3:13 pm

Tourism in the Palmetto State was off a bit in September and state officials blame the hurricames.  

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism was able to measure the decrease in several ways. 

  1. The campgrounds at Edisto Beach and Hunting Island State Parks along the coast and south of Charleston were closed because of storm damage. Revenue dropped by 25 percent for the month for the South Carolina State Park system.
  2. The number of deplanements from the state’s 3 biggest airports were down, too.  Greenville Spartanburg International was down by 2.3%.  Columbia Metropolitan Airport was off by 11.5%. Charleston International Airport was down by 10%.  That means fewer people getting off planes here in South Carolina.
  3. Hotel revenues were down. The revenue per hotel room for the month of September (known as RevPAR) down by 5.7% percent.  RevPAR is calculated by multiplying a hotel’s average daily room rate by its occupancy rate. It's a very good gauge of how many rooms were sold and is a metric used in the hotel industry.

Despite the September drop, the year-to-date numbers continued to outperform 2016 levels. 


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