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State park revenue tops $2 million in November

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State park revenue topped $2 million in November for the first time in 2018, the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism said.

The tourism metric hit $2.1 million in November 2018, which was also the first time in several years that no parks were closed because of storm damage, said the department, which also attributed the record revenue to Black Friday deals.

Hotel revenue per available room, a performance metric calculated by dividing a hotel’s total room revenue by the room count and number of days in the period being measured, increased 0.5% in November and was up 1.8% for the year at $58.27.

Admission tax collections rose 5.9% from October 2017 to $3.6 million and 6.1% year-to-date to $18.6 million. Accommodations tax collections fell 5.8% from September 2017 but were up 2.4% year-to-date over fiscal year 2017-18 at $34.8 million, the tourism department said.

Major S.C. airports all reported increases in deplanements in October 2018. Deplanements increased 9% for the month and 11.2% year-to-date. Charleston International Airport saw a 13.2% increase in deplanements in October and a 12.6% increase for the year, while Columbia Metropolitan Airport saw a 10% increase for the month and an 8.8% increase year-to-date.

In December, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced that Duane Parrish will continue to serve as the director of the tourism department. During Parrish’s tenure, tourism’s economic impact in the state has grown to more than $21 billion. That represents a 41.3% increase since 2010, according to a news release.

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