News Flash

News

Posted on: April 30, 2020

Beaufort celebrates ‘spirit of travel and hospitality’

Sailboat.impressionist.ShawnHill

BEAUFORT, S.C. (April 30, 2020) – City Council proclaimed May 3-9 National Travel and Tourism Week at its April 28 meeting.

While acknowledging that the Covid-19 pandemic has halted travel, City Council  recognized that  “the spirit of travel and hospitality remains the enduring ethos of the travel industry and the Lowcountry and that …  the spirit of travel will be a necessary and prominent component of our return to everyday life and must be supported and protected at all costs.”

Travel and tourism have been longtime mainstays of the City’s economy. Hospitality and accommodations taxes represent more than 14% of the City of Beaufort’s General Fund revenues, and support more than 1,200 local jobs. In 2019, travel and tourism contributed an estimated $1.4 billion to Beaufort County’s economy, according to Robb Wells, president & CEO of the Greater Beaufort-Port Royal CVB.

For years, Beaufort has been recognized as one of the most charming cities in the country, or one of the most romantic, or one of the most scenic – sometimes all three. Tourists have flocked here and to the Sea Islands.

Wells said he expects tourists will return to the area in phases – the early adopters who are anxious for a change of scenery and will visit once the “all clear” is given, and those who are more cautious and will wait for a while. He said hotels, restaurants and merchants will be ready with new guidelines on social distancing and cleaning.

The smallness of Beaufort, the easy accessibility via car for many in the eastern half of the country, and uncrowded nearby beaches will eventually bring people back, he said. “When the time is right, the travel and tourism industry will be integral to our city’s recovery—for the economy as well as for our friends and neighbors who depend on this industry for their livelihood,” Wells said.

The CVB has produced a video celebrating the spirit of travel in the Lowcountry. The message: “When the time is right and we are open for business, we will invite you with open arms.”  https://youtu.be/HEZCpvJZ2c4

(Photo by Shawn Hill)

######

Find us:

facebook.com/CityBeaufortSC
twitter.com/CityBeaufortSC
instagram.com/citybeaufortsc
cityofbeaufort.org


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

Dale McDorman

McDorman named interim police chief

Posted on: July 31, 2020
Face Covering Required with Thank You

Where you can find free masks

Posted on: June 30, 2020

Council passes $22.9 million budget

Posted on: June 24, 2020

March for Justice route changes

Posted on: June 18, 2020

April 16 update: Governor looks ahead

Posted on: April 17, 2020
mayor 2018

A letter from Mayor Keyserling

Posted on: April 4, 2020
Marina Parking Lot Landing

Wednesday update: More ahead

Posted on: April 1, 2020

Tuesday update: COVID-19 resolution

Posted on: March 31, 2020

Monday update: Numbers are climbing

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Friday update: Together

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Thursday update: Stay the course

Posted on: March 26, 2020
Guys in fire truck

Tuesday update: 'Lead by example'

Posted on: March 24, 2020
Stay home image

Monday update: Stay home!

Posted on: March 23, 2020
pict0026_750_1000_90_s

It's Friday. Take a deep breath!

Posted on: March 20, 2020

Website Personalization Now Available!

Posted on: November 22, 2016