According to a travel research firm, South Carolina hotels lost at least $13 million in revenue due to Hurricane Matthew.
The Post and Courier reports that the Tennessee-based firm STR estimated hotels in the Charleston region experienced $9.6 million in lost revenue because of the storm. The Myrtle Beach region lost an estimated $4 million, the report estimated.
The industry started feeling Matthew once it reached state waters late on Oct. 7. Most hotels closed that day and remained closed for the entire weekend before reopening on Oct. 10. Others in the Myrtle Beach region stayed closed for an extended time.
The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau said the storm also wiped out wages for nearly 39,000 employees who went several days without work when the hotels were closed.
However, inland areas such as Greenville saw storm-related increases thanks to evacuees fleeing the coast. According to STR, revenue for the Upstate region’s hotels saw an uptick of $1.5 million during the weekend of the storm.
Some hotels suffered minor exterior damage during the storm. A North Charleston hotel lost part of its sidewall during the storm and the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach lost its landmark ocean pier.