National Trust for Historic Preservation Responds to Report on Charleston Cruise Industry

Statement by David J. Brown Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a statement in response to a report released today examining the impact of cruise tourism on the city of Charleston. The report was partially funded by the National Trust. The following is a statement by David J. Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“The National Trust placed Charleston on ‘Watch Status’ last year because we wanted to help shape a meaningful solution to the complex issue of cruise tourism, which we believe has the potential to negatively impact Charleston’s historic character. Helping to fund this important study will assist Charleston’s city leaders as they develop public policies around this issue, ensuring that cruise ship tourism enhances, rather than harms, the city’s historic areas. We endorse many of the report’s recommendations, including the call for a citizens monitoring board to advise the City Council, the need for transparency and cooperation between the major stakeholders involved in the issue, and increased regulation of the cruise industry. We also believe that the findings of this study will help leaders in other port cities across the country to fully understand the impacts of cruise tourism on their own communities. Charleston has long been a national model and a leader in the field of historic preservation, and we look forward to continuing to work with city leaders and others to find a constructive solution to this complex challenge.”

 

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