Beaufort County on track for record year for tourism

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Beaufort County officials say they appear on their way to a record year for tourism.

The area Chamber of Commerce says more than 1.6 million visitors have made it to Beaufort County this year, with an additional million (people expected before the end of 2015.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that state Department of Transportation data shows an extra 1,000 vehicles made their way on to Hilton Head Island each day this summer.

Hotel occupancy is also up.

Officials say the record shows their aggressive efforts to draw in more visitors have worked. They also credited the improving economy and falling gas prices.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com