The Charleston region has enticed visitors for centuries. It’s one of few places in the world where you have an immediate sense of something special. Iconic for beautifully-preserved historic architecture, gardens & design, award-winning food, world-class golf, arts & culture, and miles of unspoiled beaches – Charleston offers endless sources of inspiration and recreation.
Known for charming, friendly people and gracious hospitality, Charleston is the preferred destination for international business and discerning travelers. It’s why this community consistently appears on the World’s Best Cities lists, and why Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Charleston the #1 city in the U.S. for five years in a row.
Charleston is in the top 20% of mid-sized U.S. metros for growth in the tourism economy from 2008-2013, and it offers the #2 highest employment concentration for tourism & accommodations.
Source: Office of Tourism Analysis, School of Business at the College of Charleston.
Most international visitors arrive from the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada, according to the Office of Tourism Analysis, School of Business at the College of Charleston. Tourism is one of greater Charleston's top exports, with foreign currency adding to the local economy. 75% of visitors to Charleston have household incomes of $75,000+.
The attributes that make the Charleston region such a popular visitor destination contribute to a quality of life that spurs broader economic development. A thriving visitor industry helps to sustain a world-class array of restaurants, shops, recreational, and cultural amenities rarely found in mid-size metro areas. Local businesses benefit from endless options for client entertainment and employee recruitment.
More information on Charleston attractions can be found in the Living Here section. Visit the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for a complete online guide of visitor and convention information.