by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2016

Local Update

 In mid-July, the 155-room Dewberry Hotel opened downtown, overlooking Marion Square. The property has about 2,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 2,250 square feet of outdoor event space in the Walled Garden. Henrietta's, the signature restaurant, features seasonal Southern fare.

 A six-month, multimillion-dollar refurbishment has been completed on Tom Fazio's 36-hole South Carolina Links Golf Course at the 525-room Wild Dunes Resort on Charleston's Isle of Palms (the resort also offers a top golf school). In addition, just opened at the hotel's 93-room Boardwalk Inn is the nautical-themed restaurant Coastal Provisions, and all  guest rooms and the lobby have been renovated as well. The resort has approximately 50,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels: About 2,200 guest rooms are clustered near the city's convention center and airport. Full-service hotels include the 291-room North Charleston Marriott, 255-room Embassy Suites Charleston Area, 166-room Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Convention Center and 142-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston Airport Convention Center.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Convention Center: Charleston Convention Center; exhibit space, 150,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 21; (843) 747-1882

Airport Transit: Charleston International Airport, about two miles from the convention center and 11 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi to the convention center, $10; downtown, about $30; by shuttle to downtown, $14. Most airport area shuttles are complimentary.

Taxes: Room tax, 4%; sales tax, 8.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.5%

Group Venue: Go exploring via Crafted Charleston Tours. Using certified guides and limousine service, this outfit specializes in brewery, distillery and history tours, which can be customized to participants' interests, for groups of up to 28. (843) 804-9933

Contact: Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 774-0006