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Celebrating Tourism in Beaufort - Free Admission Day!

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Beaufort History Museum

Celebrating Tourism in Beaufort - Free Admission Day!

Beaufort, SC Rallies in Support of Travel and Tourism Industry Community, Business and Political Leaders Gather to Endorse Travel’s Economic and Cultural Benefits During National Travel and Tourism Week Beaufort, SC, May 6, 2019

The Greater Beaufort-Port Royal Convention & Visitors Bureau today led Beaufort’s travel and tourism community during a Travel Rally on Monday, May 6th at 9:00 am at City Hall in support of the many ways travel contributes to the community.

The event was part of the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Matters,” highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of Beaufort’s culture and economy. Each week day of NTTW, May 6 thru May 10 we will celebrate a different facet of travel with demonstrations at the Historic Arsenal, from historic entertainers to artists.

“Just look at the numbers. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including more than 2,500 right here in Beaufort,” said Robb Wells, President & CEO, Greater BeaufortPort Royal Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This week, we are celebrating travel’s powerful impact on our community. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to all of our local friends and neighbors—to join us in saluting this important industry, and to support pro-travel legislation at the local, state and national level.”

“In every pocket of America—from the largest cities to the smallest towns—travel matters,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “I, like so many others, got my start in the travel industry, and it shaped my life in ways I could have never imagined. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re celebrating how travel powers our economies, strengthens our communities, and changes our lives.”

From walking tours and carriage rides to Hunting Island, the Penn Center and hotels, restaurants and shops, travel employs a diverse workforce in Beaufort:

• 2500 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Beaufort. • Travel and tourism generates $58 million in local tax revenue for Beaufort, SC, saving each household over $700 in taxes per year. • These local figures are a major part of travel’s economic importance nationwide. • Travel is a $2.5 trillion industry in the U.S. • These visitors support 15.7 million American jobs—roughly 8.9 million direct travel jobs, and 6.8 million indirect jobs. • Travel-related spending generated $171 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in 2018.

“Travel and tourism is so much more than just a hotel or restaurant, said Jonathan Sullivan, Chairman of Beaufort Area Hospitality Association. “It drives our economic prosperity and highlights the sites, sounds and cultural heritage of our local. Restaurants work to bring you locally sourced flavors from our waterways, farm to table fresh ingredients and flavor profiles that won’t disappoint. I’m proud to be a part of our Travel and Tourism industry, it truly matters.”

To learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, please visit our event page online at

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