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South Carolina town ranked top tourist town in the world

by Dominic 10/18/2012 11:44:00 AM


Charleston, South Carolina has
been named the top tourist
town in the world.

Influential magazine publisher Condé Nast has ranked Charleston, South Carolina as the top tourist town in the world.

Beating out contenders like New York, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and Disney World, Charleston was also ranked the top tourist destination in the United States.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley celebrated the news by announcing that the state's $15 billion (£9.3 billion) tourism industry was recovering to levels not seen since prior to the global financial crisis.

Charleston has also previously been named 'America's Most Friendly' city as well 'America's Sexiest City' and is home to a great number of historical and architectural buildings and museums dedicated to the town's past.

Last year the city hosted the PGA Championship which Governor Haley said brought in more international travellers choosing to visit the historical town on a US visa.

"We got to see a $92 million [£57 million] economic impact from the PGA and continue to see benefits said Governor Haley.

The governor said Condé Nast's announcement put the town firmly on the global map as a tourist destination.

"What it should tell people across South Carolina is that you don't need to go anywhere. It's all right here.

"And what it tells everybody across the world is you haven't been here, get here quickly and if you have, get back."

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the American Visa Bureau.

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