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krazeeboi

Charleston tourism industry

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Came across two articles recently concerning the tourism industry in Charleston I thought would make for good discussion here.

This one appeared in today's edition of the P&C, and it talks about how the tourists are in the city, but not spending much. As the article stated, "Worries about the economy have not stopped people from traveling to Charleston, but it has put them on a budget."

This one appeared in the Charleston Business Journal, and it talks about the slumping numbers at the region's historic sites--mainly due to newer attractions vying for the time and attention of tourists. Also, there are the attractions that are free and just as fun, such as strolling down King Street, visiting the Battery and Waterfront Park, etc. I guess this is a potential downside of having a lot of attractions.

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Thanks for the articles Krazee. The tourism industry does appear to be going through a slump right now. People are scared to spend their money. Heck, I'm scared to spend my money (of course I am a poor graduate student).

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This is why South Carolina should be working to make tourism a secondary industry. No less important, just not the largest income generator.

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