Tourism Works for Beaufort
Beaufort County is ranked
#3 out of 46 counties

Tourism is the
#1 job creator
for Beaufort County.

Tourism generates over $1.3 billion
in annual revenue for
Beaufort County.

Source:  SCPRT/US Travel Assn. Sept 2016, non-government jobs
 

Tourism ImpactHow does tourism work for our community?

The benefits of tourism are undeniable. More than one billion dollars in travel-related annual spending is injected into the local economy, which translates into lower property taxes for all residents of Beaufort County.

Tourism not only brings revenue to our county, but it also provides the foundation for our enviable quality of life, creates jobs, improves medical and educational resources and even convinces a fair share of visitors to become full-time residents, relocate their business to the area, or invest in second homes. 

All of these real estate scenarios expand our tax base even further. Beaufort County property tax millage rates are among the lowest in the state, ranked #3 out of 46 counties. These low rates are a direct result of the economic impact of tourism. 

Tourism also has a significant indirect impact on the community. Tourism industry employees use their wages to pay for housing, food, clothing, health care, entertainment, and lifestyle products and services, which means those original tourism dollars are doing double duty. 

While visitors add to community infrastructure and service requirements, tourism impact fees paid by visitors are used to support and maintain many of the resources that both residents and visitors enjoy. Beaufort County boasts endless miles of beaches and waterways, over 40 parks and playgrounds, 35 public boat landings, all paid for in large part by tourism revenue. Without this revenue, the majority of the financial burden would fall upon residents, which could result in reduced and lower quality resources and services.

The benefits are clear. By growing tourism and increasing visitors in Beaufort County we will be able to continue to enjoy the many resources and benefits of our area.

 


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Many of the benefits we enjoy and are so proud of in Beaufort County have received recognition both nationally and internationally.


Beaufort was named to Southern Living’s list of “Small Towns We Love”– in 2014.


Beaufort included in Smithsonian Magazine’s “Best Small Towns in the U.S.” in 2014.


Hunting Island State Park named the "Top Beach in S.C." by Southeastern Traveler in 2015.


Beaufort Topped Travel Channel’s list of “Best Retirement Getaways" for 2015.


Beaufort named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living’s readers in 2013.

 
Ranked #3 on Carolina Living’s list of “Top 20 Most Preferred S.C. Destination Towns” in 2013.


Beaufort ranked #1 for "healthiest county in South Carolina" by the 2014 County Health Rankings.


 

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