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      PGA brought spike in Charleston hotel occupancy

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Some initial numbers are in on the tourism impact of last week's PGA Championship on Kiawah Island.

      Figures from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau show that hotel occupancy in Charleston County was about 86 percent, up from 77 percent the same week in 2011.

      More than 91,000 room nights were sold in the county and the average daily rate was almost $149.

      That compares to a year ago when about 81,000 room nights were sold and the average rate was about $114.

      College of Charleston researchers earlier projected that the championship at the Ocean Course would mean about $92 million in direct tourism impact.

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