Economic Impact of 2013 Festival

6/4/2013

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                                                                                         Historic Charleston Foundation
 

Economic Impact of 2013 Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens and Antiques Show tops $6 million
Foundation announces 2014 dates for spring events

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 5, 2013) --- Historic Charleston Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the integrity of Charleston's architectural, historical and cultural heritage, announced that its 2013 spring Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show recorded a boost to the local economy with an impact of over $6.4 million. According to the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis, this preliminary impact study represents a 13% increase over 2012. The Foundation also announced dates for 2014; the 11th annual Charleston Antiques Show will lead the Festival on March 21-23, with the Preview Party on March 20, and the 67th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens will be held March 20-April 19. 

 

Other economic statistics include:

  • The Charleston Antiques Show/Festival of Houses and Gardens spends the majority of its operating expenses locally, generates 71 area jobs, and creates nearly 700 volunteer opportunities.
  • More than 14,000 attendees, both local and visitors, enjoyed the Festival’s month-long series of events.
  • The Charleston Antiques Show/Festival of Houses and Gardens visitor spends 25% more (per visit) than the average spring Charleston visitor.

“The survey results demonstrate the vitality of the Charleston Antiques Show and the Festival of Houses and Gardens in the Charleston economy,” said Kitty Robinson, president and CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation. “In its 67th year, the Festival will continue a cherished tradition for locals who support the event as homeowners, volunteers and sponsors. The funds raised from these important programs support our significant preservation work as well as provide a medium for educating both residents and visitors about the benefits derived from historic preservation.”

Charleston, renowned for its history, architecture and antiques, is the perfect backdrop for the annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, during which attendees have the rare opportunity to tour approximately 150 historic private houses, gardens and buildings of note. The annual Charleston Antiques Show will feature period furnishings, vintage jewelry, fine art and silver—all from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries.  Tickets for both events will go on sale Nov. 1, 2013.

A complete calendar of events, ticket prices, and locations will be available in the fall of 2013. Visit www.historiccharleston.org or call 843-722-3405 to join our mailing list.


About Historic Charleston Foundation

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. The Foundation is known for its preservation and advocacy programs including protective covenants and easements; education and outreach; and it is the first organization in the country to establish a revolving fund to acquire and preserve important buildings, a model now replicated in historic communities across the nation. Preservation coupled with education and outreach is at the heart of the HCF mission. This mission is supported through the generosity of preservation-minded donors, the annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Charleston Antiques Show, a licensed products program, and retail shops. In addition, HCF fulfills its educational mission through the interpretation of its collections and two museum sites: the Nathaniel Russell House, c. 1808, and the Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820.         

 

College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis

The Office of Tourism Analysis operates as a unit of the College of Charleston's Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and is counseled and advised by industry and community leaders charged with proposing the office's research priorities. For more information, contact Raymond Rhodes, MBA.                                                     
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40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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2017 Spring Festival and Antiques Show Ticket Office: 
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Charleston, SC 29401
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