As tourism continues to choose up within the Holy Metropolis, demand for lodging has risen near pre-pandemic ranges just lately, and native motels do not seem like compelled to slash charges to draw vacationers.
The typical day by day fee charged for resort rooms within the Charleston space for the week ending Might 29 was 14.7 % increased than in the course of the week main as much as Memorial Day in 2019, mentioned Daniel Guttentag, director of the Faculty of Charleston’s Workplace of Tourism Evaluation.
Evaluating occupancy for these weeks, 2021 was down barely, by 4.5 %, however the weekend days for that interval this 12 months had been up by near 2 % when put up towards pre-COVID numbers.
That week adopted the perfect one but for Charleston-area lodging for the reason that pandemic started. Each occupancy and fee had been propelled above 2019’s robust numbers due to a giant mid-Might enhance from the PGA Championship that was hosted on Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course.
For that week, too, the development in fee was considerably bigger than that for occupancy. Charges had been up 13 % over 2019 whereas occupancy was up 5 %.
A 12 months in the past, Guttentag mentioned, he would not have predicted that charges may recuperate quicker than occupancy, but it surely’s a great signal.
Resorts are attending to the purpose the place they’re at or close to their pre-pandemic ranges for occupancy, so “they’ve each cause to not be discounting,” he mentioned. The pent-up demand for journey created by the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be filling Charleston resort rooms once more, eliminating the necessity to decrease charges to lure guests.
For the state as an entire, resort occupancy for the week main as much as Memorial Day was up about 4 % over the identical calendar week in 2019. Income per accessible room was 19.7 % over the identical interval pre-COVID.
Income per room, often known as RevPAR, is down 15.5 % year-to-date, and occupancy statewide is down 12.6 % up to now this 12 months in comparison with 2019’s figures.
Time to remain
A brand new 100-unit timeshare property opened this month in downtown Charleston.
Liberty Place Charleston is the primary Holy Metropolis property for Hilton’s Orlando-based timeshare firm, Hilton Grand Holidays. It is positioned on the nook of East Bay and Calhoun streets, at a website close to the place the “Liberty Tree” as soon as stood, marking the place the Declaration of Independence was first learn aloud to the individuals of South Carolina.
Some design components of the property “give a nod,” to that historical past, in line with an announcement of the debut. The foyer includes a mild fixture within the form of a tree department with 13 lights to signify the 13 authentic colonies, and a brass duplicate of the Liberty Tree is mounted within the entryway.
Models embody studios and one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate residing areas. Some models function balconies.
The property’s shared facilities embody a foyer bar, a lounge, a health heart and a grab-and-go market.
Liberty Place is the fifth property Hilton Grand Holidays has developed with North Myrtle Seaside-based Strand Capital Group. One other South Carolina agency, Garvin Design Group in Columbia, additionally labored on the challenge.