Florence County leaders tout tourism growth

Florence County leaders tout tourism growth

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Leaders are touting tourism growth as summer comes to an end.

"It just didn't stop this year. August was probably the best August that we have had in a while. The month of August used to be off ….as kids went back to school earlier and earlier," Ron Glancy, Vice President of Operations for Raines Hospitality said.

Glancy said the companies hotels along Radio Drive in Florence stayed busy this past August.

"This august we had the Bikers Round up that was a great event," Glancy added.

During that event the county estimates 30,000 people came into the area and made an economic impact of 10 million dollars.

This year, the Darlington Raceway moved the Bojangles' Southern 500 back to Labor Day, which added an extra day that people could eat, play and sleep in the area.

"An estimated 50 million dollar impact. And with the extra day that was added on to it because of Labor Day weekend we expect that it will be higher this year," Holly Beaumier, Director of the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

A new attraction is coming to Florence this year, it's called Fireball Run.

"And that is a filmed adventure rally that will be bringing in a lot of people into the downtown and that's on September 30th"," Beaumier said.

Right now, it's not clear just how much tourism growth has taken place over the summer of 2015. The FCVB said they will get the exact dollar amount in about a year and a half.

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