At least a half dozen hotel projects are in the works in historic Charleston on the South Carolina coast in a sign the recession may be fading.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Monday that hotel occupancy on the Charleston peninsula has increased every month since last spring. Last month alone, occupancy was up more than 12 percent over August of 2009.
The hotel projects range from those under way to some still in the planning stages, although there is some worry whether the industry can support the new inventory as the economy recovers.
College of Charleston tourism professor John Crotts said the recent increase in tourism resulted from visitors who would have visited the Gulf Coast this year had the devastating Gulf oil spill not occurred.
Crotts said new construction will stimulate the local economy but the spike in visitors may drop as people return to the Gulf to vacation.