Civil War events boost busy SC tourist season

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A busy Charleston tourism season gets busier this weekend as thousands of re-enactors and visitors arrive to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Katie Chapman of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau says hotels are packed, but had no firm projection how many may be drawn simply by the anniversary events.

She says there are a lot of other things going on in Charleston such as the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament. She says tourism is rebounding strongly from the recession. Last weekend, hotel occupancy in Charleston County ran more than 97%.

The last major Civil War event in Charleston, the burial of the crew of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, attracted thousands in 2004 and had an estimated economic impact of $7.3 million.

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