Charleston hospitality industry sees the pre-pandemic numbers, the summer season better than expected

Charleston, South Carolina – The pandemic year has been pretty tough for hospitality industry since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, but Charleston restaurants and hotels managed to recover faster than expected this summer.

In June, the business owners were facing workers shortage and despite the issues, managers somehow managed to handle that crisis and went through the summer with increased operations.

According to the latest data from the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the hospitality industry in Charleston saw huge recovery this summer compared to the previous months and last year.

The hotel occupancy by far outperformed the summer 2020 level and reached the pre-pandemic level in June and July.

The accommodations next to the beach areas also saw great results during the summer, surpassing even the 2019 rats.

The occupancy rate in Charleston area hotels reached 79% on average in June and July.

In 2019, the occupancy rate for the same months was 80% which is almost the same as this summer. For comparison, the average occupancy for June and July 2020 was only 48%.

Although the latest Covid-19 surge across the country lowered the demand for new bookings in August, the demand still remains high as we approach the Labor Day weekend.

The current Covid-19 situation already made numerous agencies to cancel their reservations for the fall period and this trend is expected to last until the situation with the Covid-19 normalize.

It is nice to see the tourists back in town and this summer was surely encouraging for hotel and restaurant owners.

Cindy Carey


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