Local businesses offer coupon book to Carnival passengers

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Members of a business group supporting the cruise industry in Charleston will meet aboard the Carnival Fantasy.

The group is set to unveil a coupon booklet for exclusive Charleston business deals given to Carnival cruise passengers that offers deals, booking hotels, tours and dinner reservations.

The Cruise Business Council is comprised of more than 100 local businesses who support Charleston's cruise industry. There has been heated debate about the industry in recent months.

A group of Charleston residents and environmental groups has sued Carnival in state court, saying the cruises violate city rules and regulations.

A judge agreed last week that the city of Charleston and the South Carolina State Ports Authority could enter the case in support of Carnival.

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