Of the nearly 16,000 hotel rooms in Charleston County, almost 85 percent of them were full in June, according to the the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis.
An occupancy rate of 84.4 percent is good by any measure, according to Dan Blumenstock, chairman of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Board.
“That’s a strong occupancy percentage, in my opinion,” he said.
The news comes at a time when hundreds more hotel rooms are in the works in downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley and North Charleston. The City of Charleston recently finished a 90-day study on the impact of the downtown hotel market and how many more rooms might be acceptable, and the results are expected to result in action by council later this month.
The occupancy rate was down slightly from a year earlier, but that’s to be expected with four new properties coming into the market.
“There’s always a ramp-up period for a new hotel,” Blumenstock said. “We’re still selling more rooms.”
The new hotels — The Spectator on State Street, two Hyatts on upper King Street and The Grand Bohemian at Meeting and Wentworth streets — added 523 rooms to the local market, bringing the total number to 15,991.
For the year, the occupancy rate in Charleston County is averaging 78.3 percent. Last year ended with an average of 73.5 percent.
The number of room nights sold was up 2.9 percent from a year ago for the month and was up 6 percent for the year so far.
The average nightly price for June was up 4.2 percent to $160.68. The price was up 2.5 percent to $152.99 for the year.
The report didn’t specify whether the average price went up because the same rooms got more expensive or because more expensive rooms were added into the mix. The report also didn’t break down the information by municipalities within the county. That information is not publicly released because of contract restrictions with the data provider, according to the Office of Tourism Analysis.
The next report is expected in mid-August.
Patriots Point is offering $2 tickets for Aug. 27 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
That was the price of admission when the World War II aircraft carrier Yorktown opened to the public Jan. 3, 1976.
Now tickets are ordinarily $22 for most adults, with discounts for children, seniors and military.
Parking for the celebration will cost $5, as usual.
Prizes will be announced every 40 minutes, including a free group overnight camping trip, a free ghost tour, a guided tour below deck in off-tour areas of the Yorktown and helicopter rides. A new animation series featuring Scrappy the mascot will be introduced, and the first 200 visitors get a free DVD of the first episode and can pose for a photo with Scrappy. There will also be a food court and beer garden, a band playing hits from World War II, open cockpits to the aircraft and Vietnam War re-enactors.
Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.