According to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism the path to totality brought 1.6 million people to South Carolina! The combination of hotel rates, and other travel-related expenses had a $269 million economic impact on our state. Yes, you read correctly, $269 million!
Majority of the people traveling to or within our state to view the eclipse stayed overnight and enjoyed shopping, eating out, visiting the beach, and other local attractions.
- Most visitors viewed the eclipse in the Greenville, Columbia or Charleston metro areas.
- About 48 percent of out-of-state visitors and one-third of in-state travelers indicate they went to an optimal viewing site like a park, a mountain site or coast.
- About 23 percent of out-of-state visitors and 25 percent of in-state travelers reported participating in an organized solar eclipse event.
- Almost all of the respondents rated their experience as “excellent” or “good,” describing their time in South Carolina viewing the eclipse as “unique,” “amazing,” or “once in a lifetime.” The few “fair” or “poor” ratings were almost all due to poor weather.
- Another 3.8 million South Carolinians did not travel, but viewed the eclipse in their hometowns.