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Hotel occupancy rises in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Good news for the tourism industry in South Carolina. Hotel occupancy in the Charleston area spiked in the past year, which means more visitors, came to the area.

Occupancy in Charleston County went up about 9 percent after dropping about 8 percent the previous year.

According to a College of Charleston survey, the area attracts about 5 million visitors annually.

Tourism is an $18 billion business in South Carolina.

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