Today’s blog covers three things about the state of South Carolina.
The state’s tourism business is big, indeed — it’s an $18 billion industry, and it’s growing. It’s estimated that South Carolina receives 29 million visitors a year. Statewide, occupancy rates are up a half percent from this month last year, and they’re predicted to be up 1.3 percent during the month of September.
Brad Dean, who is the president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, had this to say: “Tourism is alive and well in South Carolina.” All the key indicators for tourism are up “and the only things that are down are unemployment and gas prices.”
So if you’re here in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, thanks for doing your part!
DONATE AT STATE PARKS
South Carolina is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, which no doubt is part of what lured you to visit our luxury beach house rentals SC and the state in general. It also has a slew of beautiful state parks – 47 of them, to be exact.
Now through the weekend after Thanksgiving, they are sponsoring a program called “Hunger Takes No Vacation” – and it’s a way to help the needy in our state. It’s organized with the S.C. Food Bank Association, and all 47 parks are participating.
Visitors are encouraged to donate food bank items which will be distributed to those who have need in what’s known as the food bank “off-season.”
This is what the Park Service says about it: It’s a “five-month long food drive to help fill pantries and feed the hungry. The Program ‘Hunger Takes No Vacation’ invites you to drop off unopened, non-perishable food items and goods, especially those left over from vacations and trips, to collection bins at nearby state parks. The parks will send those donations to the official food bank in their region.”
This is a great use for anything left over from your stay in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC. If for example you’re staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just drop off the items when you visit Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site — a really cool local park — and it will be donated to the good folks at the Lowcountry Food Bank.
These are the most requested and needed items: canned vegetables, canned meats, dry goods, beans, peanut butter, toiletries, diapers, detergents and plastic bags.
Here’s a link to their website with more about it: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/hickoryknob/storiesFeatures.aspx?id=49
Here’s a link to their “park finder” which shows you where the 47 state parks are located: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park-finder/default.aspx
SALES TAX HOLIDAY
Also, if you’re here now in one of our beach rentals Charleston, either a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, then get set to save some money…. especially if you have school-age children in your Charleston beach house. (Actually, it applies to anyone staying in any SC vacation rentals since it’s valid across the entire state.)
It’s the annual sales tax holiday, and it’s a chance to save a chunk of change on items you generally purchase this time of year. You’ll save the 6% sales tax as well as local taxes on the following items:
- school supplies
- computer software
- book bags
- bedspreads and linens
- bath mats
- shower curtains
NOTE: these items are not included in the sale tax holiday — cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, jewelry, wallets and watches.
The holiday runs from August 7th through the 9th (that’s this Friday through Sunday).
So get set to shop and save. And remember, when you are looking for the best rental homes South Carolina, contact Exclusive Properties.
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger