Hotel occupancy is up in Charleston, a sign of economic life. National economists are saying the Great Recession is over. There are small signs the economy is coming to life in South Carolina. Tourist destination Charleston County is showing signs of improvements with a 13 percent increase over this time last year in hotel occupancy.
The Charleston Regional Business Journal reports North Charleston saw the largest increase at 23 percent higher than last year. Economists say North Charleston’s increase is due to the construction work at the Boeing 787 assembly plant, along with other businesses coming to the area to help Boeing. Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman Perrin Lawson says the increase is due to business and leisure travel improvements.