The tourism industry is doing very well in Anderson County. According to the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Quarterly reports, Anderson County, of the $41,375,809.92 accommodations tax revenue collected in South Carolina, Anderson County collected .858% of the total.
Although a few counties saw significant drops in their collections, the County’s revenue from accommodations increased 21.5% from the same period in 2011. Additionally, hotel occupancy has increased 8.2% during the first four months of this year as compared to the same period last year.
“Although average hotel room rates have remained constant, Anderson County has collected 21.5% more accommodations taxes than in the same quarter of 2011,” said Tom Allen. “This growth means more dollars in the pockets of our local businesses. Our historic venues, gorgeous landscapes, abundance of natural attractions including Lake Hartwell give us an edge in the travel industry. We have a golden opportunity to capitalize on our tremendous potential and the proven events driving visitors to our venue such as the Labor Day Omnium, Bass Master Fishing Tournaments, Watercross and Wakeboarding Championships. This is an exciting development and is evidence that our County is rapidly becoming a destination.”