The spring Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show generated $6.4 million for the local economy, up 13 percent over 2012, according to the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis.
Sponsored by the Historic Charleston Foundation, the two events over an entire month attracted more than 14,000 visitors and locals, generated 71 local jobs and created nearly 700 volunteer opportunities.
The analysis determined the events’ visitors spend 25 percent more than the average spring Charleston tourist.
“The survey results demonstrate the vitality of the Charleston Antiques Show and the Festival of Houses and Gardens in the Charleston economy,” said Kitty Robinson, president and CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation.
“In its 67th year, the festival is a cherished tradition for locals who support the event as homeowners, volunteers and sponsors,” she said. “The funds raised from these important programs support our significant preservation work as well as provide a medium for educating both residents and visitors about the benefits derived from historic preservation.”
The 11th annual Charleston Antiques Show will kick off the festival March 21-23, 2014, with the preview party March 20, while the 67th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens will be March 20-April 19.
Tickets for both events will go on sale Nov. 1.
A complete calendar of events, ticket prices and locations will be available in the fall. Visit www.historiccharleston.org or call 843-722-3405 to join the mailing list.