ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM IN BEAUFORT COUNTY FEATURED ON NEW MICRO SITE

ay 11, 2010

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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM IN BEAUFORT COUNTY FEATURED ON NEW MICRO SITE

(Beaufort, SC) – The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau has launched a new micro site (www.TourismWorksForBeaufort.com) which underscores the importance of the tourism industry to Beaufort County.

The micro site was launched in recognition of National Travel & Tourism Week, May 8th – 16th, 2011 and includes statistics related to tourism economic impact at local, state and national levels and recognizes individuals and organizations that support tourism in Beaufort County.  Public service announcements were secured to promote National Travel & Tourism week and tourism in Beaufort County.

“One of the core objectives set by the VCB Board of Directors is to educate and inform our community of the benefits and importance of tourism to our local economy. TourismWorksForBeaufort.com serves as a resource for sharing statistics, research and results of our tourism marketing programs with the greater community,” stated Randall Burch, VCB Board Chairman.

Travel and tourism is more than a $1 billion industry for Beaufort County, providing more than 12,000 jobs and providing an average of $700 in tax relief for residents of South Carolina. Travel is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from hotel and restaurant employees to attraction, retail and real estate.  Workers employed by tourism salaries also purchase goods and services that generate business for the local economy.

“Travel and tourism not only brings significant dollars to our community, the return-on-investment makes perfect business sense,” said Bob Moquin, Executive Director of the VCB. “In these times more than ever, it is vital that public and private funding be made a priority for the area’s largest industry because tourism produces revenue, jobs, and a healthy economy.”

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is the non-profit, 501(c) (6), Designated Marketing Organization (DMO) for the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal and the unincorporated Sea Island regions of northern Beaufort County. The VCB partners with private and public organizations, businesses and government to increase economic development for the area and to improve the quality of life for its residents.

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