Are you going to South Carolina this year? Well, someone you know must be. The state expects its tourism busines to bounce back this year. This business is good for $18.4 billion in South Carolina economy, which is a pretty good reason to celebrate the revival of the tourism business. In 2006, tourism brought in only $16 billion,according to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Of course, it’s going to be tough to tell how many people actually sink money into the state until 2011. We still don’t even know how much the recesion cost South Carolina in 2009, as the $18.4 billion result is for the year before. The 2009 data won’t be around for another year, so we probably won’t know about a 2010 recovery until 2012.
According to Chad Prosser Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, golf is the key to South Carolina tourism, explaining to The Associated Press, “You see it very profoundly in the golf market. When they can’t golf up north it does increase our numbers.”