Hilton Head Town Council to consider Welcome Center demolition

bheffernan@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2013 

The sign announcing the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce to passing motorists on William Hilton Parkway is gone from in front of the center on Thursday. The chamber has had plans by the to close the center on the island and replace it with a new one. Rumors are circulating that the welcome center has already closed, staff laid off and plans for a new center scrapped or shelved.

JAY KARR, STAFF PHOTO

The Hilton Head Island Welcome Center might say goodbye as a heap of rubble.

The Hilton Head Island Town Council will consider demolishing the building at its 4 p.m. meeting today. Town staff has said the building, constructed in the 1970s, is not worth repairing and recommended razing it.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce closed the welcome center in October after a survey found that more travelers are looking for vacation information online.

The chamber has said it intends to set up iPad kiosks around the island at high-traffic areas, such as the airport, hotels, resorts and chamber offices, where visitors can access information previously available at the welcome center.

For more, check back with the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette later today, and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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