Tourism industry leaders are scrambling to make the most of the holiday season as tourists flocking to the Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina.
Key points:More than 6,000 people visited South Carolina in 2016-17, more than any other stateThe Blue Ridge is the most popular destination in the US for families with children and families on a budgetTourism has long been a key part of the state’s economy, but it’s now facing a challenge in attracting more visitorsThe Blue Cut is a 1,300-metre-high mountain peak in South Carolina that is the highest in the country.
Its popularity has helped South Carolina attract more than 6-million visitors in the past decade, but its popularity has also created challenges for tourism.
Last year, the state recorded the lowest number of visitors in a decade.
In a new survey released today, tourism officials said they are now seeing the effects of the economic downturn in the state, as more people are visiting their favourite destinations but fewer are taking advantage of their savings.
The survey found the number of people planning to visit the Blue Cut, the highest mountain in the South, was down 7 per cent, while the number who were planning to do so was up 9 per cent.
It also found the average time spent on the Blue Crest trail, which takes hikers from the Blue Mountains to the scenic towns of Greenville and Fort Sumter, is down by a fifth.
But for some, it is a long way from the top.
In fact, visitors from the South are spending a record-breaking $14 billion on their holiday, with the Blue Cross of South Carolina reporting a record $15.6 billion in ticket sales.
This year, South Carolinians will spend $5.8 billion on holiday activities, compared to $4.3 billion last year.
The Blue Crest Trail, which goes to the southern tip of the Blue Mountain and provides access to a variety of attractions, is also seeing a drop in visitor numbers.
The number of visits has dropped to 1.8 million, from 2.4 million in 2016.
This has been attributed to a number of factors including the closure of the South Carolina Highway 1 in 2016 and the closing of the road between Greenville, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as the closure in 2018 of the Green Mountain Trail.
The state’s tourism and economic development agencies are now preparing for an even bigger decline in tourists, with an economic impact analysis being commissioned and a tourism advisory council being formed.
South Carolina’s tourism economy is estimated to generate about $30 billion in revenue each year, but there is a serious shortfall in the number and quality of tourists.
In the meantime, there are still plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the region’s beauty and its abundant wildlife, and the Blue Cuts can offer some of the most breathtaking views in the world.
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The trail begins at the Blue Lakes, an island in the ocean, and climbs steeply to the top of the mountain, before descending to the valley below.
The trails are often used by hikers, canoeists, kayakers, horseback riders and other recreational enthusiasts.
Tourism experts have long been critical of the lack of tourism spending in South Carolinas, with tourism revenues in the region falling from $9.7 billion in 2011-12 to $6.2 billion last summer.
South Carolinias tourism industry is struggling, with annual losses at least $3.5 billion.
A report released last year found that tourism had lost more than $300 million between 2009 and 2016, while economic growth in the area had declined by nearly half.
“In some parts of the US, tourism is still struggling, but in South America, tourism has been booming for decades,” South Carolina Tourism and Economic Development Minister Tom Anderson said.
“South Carolina is one example of how tourism can provide economic benefits in the community and to the country.”