Featured Press Releases

Use this library of press releases written by the Charleston Area CVB media relations department to mine for story ideas, stay abreast of what is new in the destination and learn about the special events that take place throughout the year.

For additional story ideas, we invite you to visit our blog at www.charlestonly.com.

What's New in the Charleston Area Summer 2017
For Immediate Release, July 2017

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s best loved travel destinations.
Charleston, South Carolina Named No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure 2017 World's Best Awards
For Immediate Release, July 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the Charleston area the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada. The news was shared by Jacqui Gifford, Senior Editor of Travel + Leisure, on the TODAY Show on July 11.
Charleston Area Hospitality And Tourism Honored for Dedicated Service
For Immediate Release, June 2017

The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) presented five Golden Pineapple Awards in recognition of outstanding service to the local hospitality industry during the Travel Council Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
What's New in the Charleston Area Spring 2017
For Immediate Release, April 2017

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s best loved travel destinations.
Southwest at Charleston International Begins Flying Non-Stop Service From Denver and St. Louis
For Immediate Release, January 2017

Southwest Airlines today announced that it will begin daily non-stop service to Denver from Charleston International Airport. In addition, Southwest will begin offering twice weekly service to St. Louis, a new destination city for Charleston.
What's New in the Charleston Area Winter 2017
For Immediate Release, January 2017

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s best loved travel destinations.
Charleston, South Carolina, Named No. 1 City in the U.S. by Condè Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards for the Sixth Consecutive Year
For Immediate Release, October 2016

"Charleston, South Carolina is ranked the #1 small city destination in the U.S. in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the sixth consecutive year that Charleston has been named a #1 city."
What's New in the Charleston Area Fall 2016
For Immediate Release, August 2016

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s best loved travel destinations.
Charleston, South Carolina Named World's Best City and No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure 2016 World's Best Awards
For Immediate Release, July 2016

For the first time, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Charleston, South Carolina the World’s Best City in the 2016 World’s Best Awards.
What's New in the Charleston Area Summer 2016
For Immediate Release, May 2016

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s best loved travel destinations.
Award-Winning Culinary Television Show "Top Chef" Selects Charleston
For Immediate Release, March 2016

Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” culinary competition television series is packing its knives and heading to Charleston.
Southern Living Announces the 2016 Southern Living Live: Charleston Event June 10 - 12
For Immediate Release, March 2016

Editors of Southern Living will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a weekend of special experiences in Charleston and a lineup of talent that includes performances by Parker Millsap and The Secret Sisters
What's New in the Charleston Area Winter 2016
For Immediate Release, January 2016

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America’s best loved travel destinations.
Southwest at Charleston International begins flying to Denver this Summer
For Immediate Release, December 2015

Southwest Airlines will begin Saturday service between Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Denver International Airport (DEN) this summer. The weekly nonstop flight begins on June 11, 2016.
Charleston, South Carolina, Named No. 1 City in the U.S. by Condè Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards for the Fifth Consecutive Year
For Immediate Release, October 2015

Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, the Charleston area has been recognized as the No. 1 Small U.S. City for the fifth consecutive year by Condè Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards.
What's New in the Charleston Area Fall 2015
For Immediate Release, August 2015

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America's best loved travel destinations.
Labor Day Getaway to Charleston, South Carolina
For Immediate Release, July 2015

Summer Fun in Charleston, South Carolina
For Immediate Release, June 2015

What's New Spring/Summer 2015
For Immediate Release, May 2015

What's New Winter 2015
For Immediate Release, January 2015

Recent Awards Bestowed Upon Charleston, South Carolina
For Immediate Release, August 2014

CHARLESTON IS RANKED NO. 1 ON THE TRAVEL + LEISURE 2014 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS LIST OF TOP CITIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
For Immediate Release, July 2014

For the second consecutive year Charleston is the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada according to Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards.
What's new in the Charleston area: Spring 2014
For Immediate Release, May 2014

Welcome to springtime in Charleston, where the scent of Carolina Jessamine, honeysuckle, and Lady Banksia rose mingles with briny Atlantic Ocean breezes.
The Third Time is Charming for Charleston: South Carolina’s Historic Coastal Destination Named #1 U.S. City by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for Third Consecutive Year
For Immediate Release, October 2013

Condé Nast Traveler announced today the results of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognizes the world’s leading travel brands and best cities. For the third consecutive year, Charleston has been named the #1 U.S. City with an overall score of 83.2 from the Culture, Friendliness, Atmosphere, Restaurants, Lodging, and Shopping categories.
What's New in the Charleston Area: Fall 2013
For Immediate Release, September 2013

Charleston, S.C., named #1 U.S. City in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and #1 City in U.S. and Canada by Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, is known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, coastal location, celebrated restaurant community, and mannerly people. While indeed a veritable living museum, the Charleston area is also a bustling epicenter of hospitality as illustrated by the following news.
CHARLESTON IS RANKED NO. 1 ON THE TRAVEL + LEISURE 2013 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS LIST OF TOP CITIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
For Immediate Release, July 2013

Charleston was voted the Top City in the U.S. and Canada in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards Survey.
Local Hospitality and Tourism Leaders Honored for Dedicated Service
For Immediate Release, June 2013

The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) presented nine Golden Pineapple Awards in recognition of outstanding service to the local hospitality industry during the Travel Council Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2012. More than three hundred and fifty attendees gathered at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex to applaud the Golden Pineapple Aware recipients and to hear travel industry insights from luncheon keynote speaker Irene Schneider, Condé Nast Traveler Executive Service and Surveys Editor. Charleston was voted the Top U.S. City in both the 2011 and 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, the magazine’s esteemed annual competition, which Schneider has spearheaded since 1989.
The Fourth Hour of TODAY Broadcasts From Charleston, SC Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3
For Immediate Release, May 2013

Kathie Lee and Hoda bid farewell to NYC and say “hey y’all” to Charleston, SC! The fourth hour of TODAY takes the show on the road and broadcasts from Charleston Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3. Kathie Lee and Hoda encourage viewers to practice their southern hospitality and join them on a Lowcountry adventure.
Live from Charleston, S.C.! This is TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda
For Immediate Release, April 2013

The Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes the 4th hour of TODAY on NBC, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, to Charleston, S.C., for two special broadcasts. Scheduled to air May 2 and 3, the Charleston editions of the 4th hour of TODAY (national audience of more than five million viewers) will feature a variety of special guests, Lowcountry recipes, and locally made products to spotlight unique aspects of the destination named Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers Choice Top U.S. City.
JetBlue Airways Takes Flight to Charleston, South Carolina
For Immediate Release, February 2013

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) launches service to its 76th city, Charleston, South Carolina. Starting today, JetBlue will serve Charleston International Airport (CHS) with twice daily nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and a daily flight from Boston’s Logan (BOS).
What's New in the Charleston, S.C. Area: Winter 2013
For Immediate Release, January 2013

Charleston, S.C., named Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards Top U.S. City, is known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, coastal location, celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people. While indeed a veritable living museum, the Charleston area is also a bustling epicenter of hospitality as illustrated by the following news.
Charleston, South Carolina, To Launch Virtual Advent Calendar
For Immediate Release, December 2012

From free made-by-hand biscuits to complimentary cups of She Crab soup, the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is sharing 24 special offers during the month of December via the virtual advent calendar posted to www.christmasincharleston.com.
Awards Bestowed Upon the Charleston Area
For Immediate Release, November 2012

Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, the Charleston area has garnered a variety of award in recent years.
Charleston Named Top City by Conde Nast Traveler
For Immediate Release, October 2012

Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, the Charleston area has been named both Top U.S. City and Top Destination in the World by Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.
JetBlue Flights to Charleston, S.C., Now On Sale
For Immediate Release, September 2012

JetBlue tickets to Charleston—the airline’s first destination in South Carolina—are now available for purchase at www.jetblue.com/new.
JetBlue Announces Daily, Nonstop Air Service to Charleston International Airport
For Immediate Release, September 2012

The sky over the Charleston area will be blue regardless of weather beginning February 28, 2013, when JetBlue begins daily nonstop air service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport to Charleston International Airport.
Charleston City Market Renovation Wins National Travel Award
For Immediate Release, September 2012

In recognition of its extensive and well-executed renovation, the Charleston City Market has received a 2012 Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a national consortium of professional writers, editors, photographers and filmmakers who specialize in travel industry journalism.
Positive Impact of PGA Championship
For Immediate Release, August 2012

When Kiawah Island Golf Resort was named host of the 2012 PGA Championship, local hospitality industry leaders predicted a positive impact on the region’s tourism economy.
Charleston, S.C., Welcomed into Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards Hall of Fame
For Immediate Release, July 2012

Charleston, S.C., is now a member of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Hall of Fame. The 2012 ranking, which appears in the July issue, is part of the World’s Best Awards and places Charleston as the fourth most popular domestic destination.
PGAPackages.com
For Immediate Release, June 2012

Exclusive opportunity to purchase otherwise sold out weekend grounds tickets to the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island via PGAPackages.com.
Upper King Has the Upper Hand on What's Hot
For Immediate Release, May 2012

Over the past few years, the neighborhood of Upper King—located on Upper King Street from Calhoun to Coming streets has been completely revitalized.
A Festive Spring Atmosphere in Charleston, S.C.
For Immediate Release, February 2012

Spring sets the stage for festivals, symposiums and special events that showcase the Lowcountry aesthetic and lifestyle.
Experience African-American History in Charleston, S.C., This Winter
For Immediate Release, January 2012

The Charleston area is one of the nation’s premier places to experience African-American history. Visitors may immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and food related to the area’s indigenous Gullah heritage, a culture that melds African, Bahamian, and Colonial Era South traditions.
2012 Festivals in Charleston, S.C.
For Immediate Release, December 2011

2012 will be one to celebrate as a collection of the Charleston area’s memorable festivals mark major milestones.
Charleston, South Carolina, Named Top City in U.S.
For Immediate Release, October 2011

In 2011, Charleston earned the Top U.S. City award in the Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice honors. Cast your vote in the 2012 survey before April 30th.
What's New in the Charleston Area: Fall 2011 - Winter 2012
For Immediate Release, October 2011

New CACVB initiatives, attractions, restaurants, specialty products, tours and awards as well as a list of upcoming special events and festivals for October 2011 - March 2012.
Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Charleston Second Best City in America
For Immediate Release, July 2011

Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Charleston Second Best City in America Giving the Lowcountry its Highest Ranking in the 16-Year History of the World's Best Awards
Charleston Named Finalist in Outside Magazine's Best Town Contest
For Immediate Release, June 2011

Charleston has been selected by Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, as a finalist in its search to determine the best Outside town in America.
Geography, Latitude and Attitude: Lowcounty Eco Appeal
For Immediate Release, May 2011

The Lowcounty's innate eco appeal stems from a rare combination of geography, latitude and attitude.
Charleston Explorers Club Launch
For Immediate Release, April 2011

The Charleston Area CVB has launched its new Charleston Explorers Club to aid parents in creative trip planning by offering itinerary ideas that will spark children’s imaginations and fulfill their appetites for adventure.
What's New for Spring 2011
For Immediate Release, April 2011

City Market Renovation; Upcoming Events and Festivals; New Air Service, Programs and Tours; Hotel and Restaurant News
Charleston Area Civil War Sesquicentennial Events
For Immediate Release, March 2011

The Charleston area served as the backdrop for many of the Civil War’s significant events, landmark dates of the American Civil War that will be commemorated by the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust this year.
Charleston Area Girlfriend Getaways
For Immediate Release, February 2011

The Charleston area is encouraging women to trade their social media and mobile devices for a real girlfriend bonding getaway experience this spring and summer.
You are Invited on a Lowcountry Culinary Adventure
For Immediate Release, January 2011

Area farms, markets, tours and restaurants allow visitors to experience an Urban Fork Safari in Charleston.
Charleston, S.C., Rings in the New Year with Lowcountry Flair
For Immediate Release, December 2010

A list of the Lowcountry's 2011 festivals and special events.
Charming Charleston Top Pick for Destination Weddings
For Immediate Release, November 2010

Bridal Venues Marry New Beginnings with Destination’s Historic Landmarks.
Celebrate Christmas in Charleston
For Immediate Release, October 2010

African American praise house spirituals, authentic Victorian era trimmings and heirloom recipes illuminate some of the nation’s most historic homes and plantations during the holiday season in Charleston, South Carolina.
What’s New for Fall 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina
For Immediate Release, September 2010

"What's New" in the Charleston, SC Area for Fall 2010: including new packages, tours, attractions, events and awards and culinary and airfare news.
Charleston, South Carolina Voted 2010 "Best Tennis Town"
For Immediate Release, September 2010

Charleston captures title and $100,000 for community tennis programming, as part of USTA's second nationwide search for America's best tennis communities.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Charleston, S.C., This Fall
For Immediate Release, July 2010

As the lazy days of summer make way for mild, sunny days and cool, crisp evenings, the Charleston, S.C. area prepares for its biggest fall season yet. Cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings and moss-laden oak trees provide a charming backdrop to more than 70 music festivals, food events and historic tours taking place this fall, making it the perfect time for travelers to visit.
The Coolest Summer School Around: A Family Vacation to Charleston, S.C.
For Immediate Release, June 2010

We’ve all heard the old adage “learning doesn’t stop once you leave the classroom” before, but it’s not always easy to keep minds sharp once school’s out for summer. A family vacation to Charleston, S.C. is a great educational alternative to the poolside lounging and TV watching that usually fill the lazy days of summer.
Enter to Win One of Five Family Vacations to Charleston, S.C. Video Submissions Due June 15
For Immediate Release, June 2010

Pack the trunk and print the driving directions—‘tis the season for the great American tradition: the summer road trip.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE CHARLESTON, SC AREA: SUMMER 2010
For Immediate Release, June 2010

"What's New" in the Charleston, SC Area for Summer 2010: Including new packages, food news, new awards, new events, new developments and more.
James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef In The Southeast Title To Charleston Chef for Third Year in a Row
For Immediate Release, May 2010

Sean Brock of McCrady’s Restaurant beat out stiff competition to continue the three-year tradition for the destination, riding the wave of success started by two other star Charleston chefs, FIG’s Mike Lata (2009) and Hominy Grill’s Robert Stehling (2008).

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