Visitors Bureau: Weekend could be busiest for tourism

Published: Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM EDT
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This week could be the busiest time for tourists this entire year, and Charleston is putting its best foot forward.

"April every year is shockingly busy for us," Accent on Wine & More Wine Advisor Joshua Walker said.  "We always forget how busy April is."

The downtown Summerville store served the many visitors attending the annual Flowertown Festival.

Hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have spent this past weekend in the tri-county area, many of whom were participating in several high-profile events, including the Flowertown Festival, the Cooper River Bridge Run,  the Lowcountry Cajun Festival and the Family Circle Cup.  Organizers of both the Lowcountry Cajun Festival and the Family Circle Cup say they attracted record crowds.

Restaurants weren't the only venues accommodating the extra tourists.

Daniel Blumenstock, the director of hotel operations for Lowcountry Hotels, says all four of the hotels he oversees were booked.

"I think this past weekend will definitely be the busiest weekend of the year," he says.  "I wish we could clone it and continue to have that moving forward, as well - that'd be great."

Blumenstock also serves as the Board of Directors Vice President for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  He says the downtown area of Charleston isn't necessarily the biggest draw for tourists.

"Maybe Charleston is the driver, but we have Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, the west of the Ashley area," he says.  "So all of those areas combined make up our DNA."

A final tally of this past weekend's economic benefit will become known in the coming days, according to the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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