Charleston drops Tall Ships festival
CHARLESTON — There will be no Tall Ships Charleston festival this year.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported organizers ran out of time and money.
This year’s event had been planned in May.
Tall Ships America executive director Bert Rogers said organizers were una-ble to get enough money in time to attract enough ships. Rogers says it costs between $25,000 and $50,000 per ship for a three-day harbor event like Tall Ships Charleston.
Charleston festival chairman Reg Brown said this year’s event had attracted “maybe” visits from four smaller ships. Last year’s free festival attracted about 22,000 people.
Tall ships are replicas of historic sailing vessels and symbols of the seagoing heritage. Brown said he hopes to resume the festival next year.
International arrivals sliding
The latest government statistics on international arrivals to the U.S. shows they continued to slide through last summer.
Nonresident international visitors to the U.S. decreased more than 1 percent in August 2017 compared with August 2016.
The U.S. Department of Commerceás National Tra-vel and Tourism Office re-leased the data Thursday.
Visitors from Mexico were down over 2 percent in August 2017 compared with August 2016. Canadi-ans provided a bright spot: up nearly 4 percent, while visitors from other countries were down.
Nonresident international arrivals totaled nearly 49 million January through August 2017, a decrease of nearly 4 percent compared with the first eight months of 2016.
The Associated Press