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Hospitality tax enacted for ‘tourism’

Posted: February 3, 2012 9:17 a.m.
Updated: February 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

York County has Brattonsville, the home of Colonel Bratton, of Revolutionary War fame. York County funds this attraction as it is a valuable tourist asset.

Kershaw County contains the battle site of the worst defeat of the American forces during the Revolutionary War. In addition, Camden has the site of the original village during the Revolutionary War. However, for all practical purposes Camden and Kershaw ignore the battle site.

What fools we must be! Tourism is one of the great money earners. In South Carolina it is number one! Charleston rakes in millions each year from tourists. Thousands of Americans travel to Europe and elsewhere each year to “see sights.” Thousands of Europeans, Asians and Canadians come to America to “see sights.”

Camden could easily become a small version of Williamsburg with vision and financial support which is available through the hospitality and accommodation taxes. Kershaw County should tap in on the vast flow of tourists that stream to Charleston, Hilton Head and elsewhere.

What’s holding up the development of this hidden treasure? A treasure not available to any other location in America? The holdup is a “Taj Mahal” brick building being planned in Camden that will tie up the hospitality tax funds for many years.

Will tourists from Europe, Canada, North Carolina, etc., come to visit this brick building to witness individuals pumping exercising machines? Not in our lifetime!

I ask that we put our thinking caps on and start to think wisely before we act foolishly and erect this “Taj Mahal.”

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