Beaufort Tourism Season in Full Swing

BEAUFORT, South Carolina (WTOC) -
Beaufort tourism season is in full swing, as thousands of people get ready to make their way to the Lowcountry for the dozens of summer events and picturesque scenery.

In fact, the Taste of Beaufort kicks off next week, which will highlight local restaurants and their unique cuisines. Then in July, the city will host its annual water festival. One of the main tourist attractions in the area is Hunting Island State Park, which brings in more than one million visitors each year - and numbers like those are the reason why the city's economy is fueled by tourism.

"Tourism does drive the boat here. It's a $1.2 billion industry for our county; saves citizens in Beaufort about $700 a year in taxes, which is considerable since our taxes are already low. Tourism industry pumps in new monies. We can thank Parris Island graduation for that. We can thank the additional 700,000 tourists that come to our city each year," said Robb Wells, Vice President, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber says the city's tourism season spans from April to October. It hopes that the city's newest designation as a cultural district will help attract even more visitors.

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