SC plan pits tourism promotion against festivals

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A meeting in Charleston on how money from the South Carolina accommodations tax should be divided has been canceled.

Members of the state Tax Realignment Commission were expected to hear from local leaders and tourism interests Friday on a proposal to change the way about $40 million in state accommodations tax money is distributed.

The proposal would mean less money for local governments and arts events and more for tourism promotion.

Supporters say more promotional money means more tourists visiting, helping the state's $18 billion tourism industry. Opponents say the idea would hurt the attractions and festivals that bring tourists to South Carolina.

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