Business is good for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Halfway through the fiscal year, which begins in July, CVB has already reached 73 percent of its goal for booked hotel rooms for the year. As of last week, CVB had booked more than 17,000 of its 24,500-room-night goal.
"We are slowly climbing out of a slumping meetings environment with large city-wide meetings in the government and association sectors dramatically curtailed," said Alisa Bailey, CVB's president and CEO, in a press release. "Our sales team is doing a great job adjusting to this by pursuing other market sectors that are growing such as booking medium-sized meetings and sporting events.
CVB's most recently booked the American Cornhole Organization, which will host more than 700 people and have an estimated impact of $520,000 on the local economy, according to CVB's press release.
Vice president of sales, Tim Brady said the numbers didn't come as a surprise but it's a good feeling to be that far along in their goal for the year.
"I can say that the last two years the numbers have been a lot stronger than they have been in the previous few years," Brady said. "We had a great fiscal year last year and we are halfway through what I think may be an even better year from a sales standpoint."
He attributes the increased business to great leadership and a sales team that shares common goals and works well together.