After Tuesday’s announcement that Charlotte had been chosen to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, cheers were not only heard in the Queen City but in areas of South Carolina as well– specifically those close to the Charlotte metro area.
South Carolina Hospitality Association President Tom Sponseller says Rock Hill and surrounding areas will benefit greatly from a huge demand for hotel space. He says the tourism industry in a number of areas in the state will also benefit from the large convention spillover. He believes the timing is perfect for those looking for a little “down time.”
Sponseller says, while his organization does not directly work as a marketing arm for the tourism industry, they will be helping other entities in the state to make sure those attending the convention go south of the border.
For more than a decade, the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP has called for a tourism boycott of the state because the Confederate battle flag still flies on the Statehouse grounds. Sponseller doesn’t think the continued boycott will have a huge effect on preventing convention tourists from visiting South Carolina.