The projects, if approved, would add a combined 575 new hotel rooms on the peninsula.
The key takeaway from the latest lodging report was Charleston's ability to absorb hundreds of new hotel rooms while maintaining performance numbers.
The King Charles Inn, a 91-room boutique lodging near the heart of the city's tourism district, had been a longtime holding of Charleston-based hospitality company Charlestowne Hotels.
Charleston International Airport ferried 4.87 million people through its terminal last year to set a new passenger record. Punctuating growth at the state's busiest airport, in 2010 the number stood at 2 million.
Low-cost carrier Allegiant is adding a seventh seasonal nonstop route from Charleston International Airport.
It may be legal for a guide without a city-issued license to give tours in Charleston, but it isn't popular — at least not yet.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the smallest by passenger volume among the state's four largest terminals, registered 1.35 million ticket holders in 2019, a 13 percent increase over the previous year and the best showing since 2005's record 1.46 million.
Questions about whether plantations should be used as wedding venues reached the national stage this month.
Admission prices at most of South Carolina's state parks went up for the new year, a change that officials say will fund upkeep and improvements across the system.
Making the trek to the top of Table Rock Mountain is one of the most strenuous routes hikers can tackle in South Carolina.
Don't look for construction to stop anytime soon at Charleston International Airport. In addition to the parking deck now under construction, more than $200 million in other projects will get underway over the next five years, including construction of a new wing with more gates at the state's busiest terminal.
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Beaufort County staff is recommending denial of a proposed "ecotourism" project that calls for development of a high-end resort on an undeveloped South Carolina barrier island.
The King Charles Inn, a longtime holding of Charleston-based hospitality management firm Charlestowne Hotels, was acquired by Atlanta-based High Street Real Estate Partners and WHI Real Estate Partners out of Chicago.
About 4.9 million Carolinians, including 1.6 million people in South Carolina, are expected to travel between Sunday, Dec. 22, and New Year's Day, according to AAA Carolinas. That's a nearly 4 percent increase compared to 2018.
Charleston International Airport set a new yearly passenger record at more than 4.47 million during the first 11 months of 2019. With December's numbers still to come, the state's busiest terminal could see about 4.85 million, based on early estimates. For perspective, the airport had 2 million passengers in 2010.
The current plan calls for a 200-room full-service hotel. Under the city's updated hotel rules, that means the property will include an on-site restaurant and at least 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
One near upper King Street and the other across from Charleston's historic City Market, the projects both call for hotel rooms, residential units and pedestrian pathways.
Owners of the Carroll Building at North Market and East Bay streets have asked to open a 50-room lodging at the site. Historic Charleston argues that a conservation easement it was granted in 1984 under federal tax law gives it the authority to deny the request.
Southwest Airlines is bringing competition to the Charleston-Atlanta air route next summer with a new daily nonstop flight and adding a Saturday route to Kansas City, Mo. Delta Air Lines, based in Atlanta, now operates all flights between the Holy City and the Georgia capital.
From boutique properties rising on the peninsula to chain hotels opening in other parts of the region, the Charleston area can expect to see multiple lodgings open in 2020.
Wellness tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, and Charleston-area hotels and resorts are getting in on what some experts think will usurp food as the best hook to attract new bookings.
Bill Hall, the owner of four Halls Chophouse restaurants and head of the downtown Charleston-based hospitality company Hall Management Group, will be appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster as the museum board's next chair.
The vast majority — about 90 percent — will travel by car during the holiday travel period, which starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday. The best day to be on the road will be Thanksgiving Day, AAA found.
Charleston International has enjoyed record-breaking passenger numbers year after year with some recent years providing double-digit percentage growth, but the airport's chief financial officer predicts next year's increase in passengers won't be as high as in recent years, indicating a slowdown is expected at the state's busiest terminal.
Bookings at Edisto Island, which is about an hour drive southwest of downtown Charleston, have increased 45 percent over the past three years.
Coburg Dairy began operations in 1920, started by Frank Hanckel Sr. His son passed away Thursday at age 86.
The global coalition defines Sites of Conscience as "places of memory" that confront their history and its lasting impacts.
"It's going to be a little bit of a challenge to park everybody over Thanksgiving," airport CEO Paul Campbell said.
The Carroll Building, which most recently housed the Art Institute of Charleston, is asking to open a 50-room hotel.
As more residents call for fewer — or, at least, no more — tourists, appealing to affluent guests may be a key component of growing impact without increasing visitor volume.
Ray Chandler has chaired the museum's board since then-governor Nikki Haley appointed him in 2011. He'll officially resign on Dec. 31 after serving as chair for about 7½ years.
Through the first 10 months of this year, South Carolina's busiest airport ferried just over 4 million travelers coming and going, up 9.2 percent over the same time period in 2018.
Charleston has some experience marking its milestone birthdays. For its 350th, the celebration will last all year long.
Frozen turkey, properly packaged to keep it cold, can be lugged into the airplane cabin. But pumpkin pie filling, jars of gravy and the carving knife need to go in checked luggage.
Charleston air travelers have a new winter getaway option.
South Carolinians jetting off for the holidays will pay less for fares this year, and Charleston travelers will see the best deals, experts say.
Right now, more than a third of the island's approximately 3,400 properties are licensed for short-term rental use.
The plans are for Bay Point Island, an island northeast of Hilton Head in Beaufort County. It's only accessible by boat or aircraft and is currently undeveloped, except for a small cottage, a pier and a dock.
Airbnb says it will spend the next year verifying that all 7 million of its listings are accurate and that the homes and rooms being offered for short-term stays meet basic quality standards.
During the Civil War, Harriet Tubman lived in South Carolina, worked as a Union spy and led a raid that freed more than 700 people in one night.
The Governor's House Inn on Broad Street, also known as the Laurens-Rutledge House, is listed for $8.3 million.
Charleston has been "ahead of the curve" when it comes to thinking about sustainable tourism.
Though a relatively new addition to the wedding industry, professional proposal planners are being called on more and more to help future fiancées pop the question.
Destinations like Charleston know well that a reputation for being haunted is much more likely to lure visitors than scare them away.
Travelers may be lining up holiday flights for the upcoming season, but airlines are looking ahead to next year with their schedules.
With an expansion underway, a gated Isle of Palms getaway plans to add guest rooms and revamp the visitor experience at its existing accommodations.
This year's display, "Lights of Magnolia: Reflections of a Cultural Exchange," will be the first in a three-year partnership between Magnolia and the China-based Zigong Lantern Group.
Mayor John Tecklenburg described the museum as Charleston's "newest and perhaps most historic structure." Proposed and championed by his predecessor, then-Mayor Joe Riley, it's taken about two decades and $100 million to get to the groundbreaking.
A pair of more than 200-foot yachts, the Bella Vita and the Saint Nicolas, arrived in Charleston midweek.