To celebrate Beaufort's 300th birthday this year, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau is teaming up with local partners to give 150 winners a free two-night stay in the area.
It's a giveaway larger than any other in the area in recent memory, and officials hope it will create some buzz about Beaufort, Port Royal and the neighboring Sea Islands, VCB Executive Director Bob Moquin said.
"We wanted to celebrate and leverage the 300th anniversary of something really significant to our community," he said.
During the 300 Campaign Giveaway, which began Tuesday, two winners will be selected each business day through Sept. 30, Moquin said.
Winners have until Sept. 30, 2012, to redeem prizes, provided by one of 13 participating lodging partners. The accommodations range from traditional hotels to bed and breakfasts and vacation rental homes.
The lodging partners are: Beaufort Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Beaufort Inn, Best Western Sea Island Inn, City Loft, Comfort Suites Hotel, Fripp Island Resort, Hampton Inn, Harbor Island Rentals, Hilton Garden Inn Beaufort, Point South KOA, Quality Inn at Town Center, Rhett House Inn and Seaside Getaways.
In addition to the free two-night stays, the 13 lodging partners will offer non-winners and other interested visitors vacation packages starting at $300 through Sept. 30, Moquin said. Several local tour companies also will offer buy one, get one half-off discount specials on tickets, he said.
"We're trying to break through the clutter of all the other destinations that are competing for consumers during this busy travel season," Moquin said.
For stories, videos, an interactive timeline and more related to 300th anniversary of Beaufort's charter, check out The Beaufort Gazette's special tricentennial section online at http://www.beaufort300.com/.
Want to enter to win one of 150 free two-night stays in Beaufort? For more information or to sign up, go to BeaufortSC300.org.
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