Charleston Fashion Week, held in Marion Square for the fourth year this past March, boosted the local economy by $1.7 million, according to a study released this week.
Charleston Magazine, which organizes the five-night event, cited the figure from a study by the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis. The study was conducted using on-site and online surveys.
According to the findings, attendees of Charleston Fashion Week spent an average of $202 per day on food, lodging and shopping. The average Charleston tourist spends $168 per day.
About a third of the 7,485 attendees come from outside the tri-county area for the event. Out-of-town attendees stayed an average of 3.6 nights in Charleston.
Additionally, Catwalk for Kids, an auction held as part of Charleston Fashion Week to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital, raised more than $250,000 this year, organizers said.