South Carolina Goes Mobile

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism made us aware that tourism in South Carolina joined the myriad industries and enterprises across America that went mobile this year.

Mobile apps offering such things as visitor info and special deals were launched by a number of Palmetto State destinations, including Beaufort, Charleston and Spartanburg and the Lowcountry Region of the S.C. National Heritage Corridor.

Various attractions and destinations also created their own apps, available by searching their names at the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android apps stores. They include: Charleston walking tours; field trips in salt marshes and swamp forests; the new Edisto Island National Scenic Byway, and many more on a fast-growing, constantly changing list.

We expect that other states have probably done something similar, but it was fun hearing about one of my favourites. (We hear that, along with its approximately 100 golf courses, Myrtle Beach will get the Skywheel, a new attraction next summer. At 187 feet, it’s being touted as the tallest Ferris wheel east of the Mississippi and will include 42 glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas.)

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