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State park revenue continues to rise

Staff Report //July 2, 2018//

State park revenue continues to rise

Staff Report //July 2, 2018//

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State park revenue continued to rise in April, according to the latest indicators from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

State parks generated $3,491,427 in total revenue, an 11.9% increase from April 2017 and a 14.6% jump in year-to-date revenue from the previous fiscal year. The department credited the increase to new camper cabins at Dreher Island State Park.

South Carolina saw a decrease in hotel revenue per available room, a performance metric calculated by dividing a hotel’s total room revenue by the room count and number of days in the period being measured.

Statewide hotel RevPAR decreased 1.1% from April of 2017 but increased 1% in year-to-date revenue.

In other key indicators, Myrtle Beach International Airport reported a state-best 24.8% increase in deplanements from April 2017. Overall, deplanements at S.C.’s five measured airports increased 9% for the month.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport saw a 19.8% increase in deplanements in April compared with 2017. The airport’s deplanements are up 6.7% year-to-date.

Admission tax figures continue to be unavailable as the S.C. Department of Revenue overhauls its reporting system.