NASA: Over One Million People Visit South Carolina for Total Eclipse

Mayor Says the Eclipse is Great for the Economy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- People from all over the nation and the world also came to the Midlands to check out the site.

Over one million visitors were said to be in the Palmetto State. Mayor Benjamin spoke with ABC Columbia about what he hopes visitors take away the Capital City.

“This is just an incredible opportunity. A single opportunity to really highlight how the special the Midlands of South Carolina really is,” said Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin.

Columbia is one of the unique cities that experienced 100 percent totality. People who lived in neighboring states say this opportunity was too great to pass up.

“I was only 60 miles away, once in a lifetime opportunity for me so I brought my two daughters and grandson,” said Gay Lang from Grovetown, G.A.

Multiple attractions around the city welcomed visitors. Riverbank Zoo & Garden hosted over 7,500 people. “Two weeks ago, we started taking phone calls from people all over the world. I think we tracked that we had phone calls from six different countries. So that’s really exciting for us. That means we have a lot of outreach,” said Public Relations Manager Susan O’Cain.

With all the guests in town, Mayor Benjamin said our economy is booming.”We’ve seen some incredible numbers. I think I’ve seen over $60 million dollars in the overall total economic impact from this weekend alone. We really hope there is a lasting effect, that the people who come to visit us take stories back to their hometown and countries,” said Benjamin.

Monday’s numbers have not been released yet but if they are anything like numbers from the weekend, they are sure to be out of this world.

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