6 hotel projects planned in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - At least a half dozen hotel projects are in the works in historic Charleston on the South Carolina coast, in a sign the recession may be fading.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Monday that hotel occupancy on the Charleston peninsula has increased every month since last spring. Last month alone, occupancy was up more than 12 percent over August of 2009.

College of Charleston tourism professor John Crotts says the increase resulted from more visitors who would have visited the Gulf Coast had the oil spill not occurred.

Crotts says the new construction will stimulate the local economy but the spike in visitors may drop as people return to the Gulf to vacation.

Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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