Joint News Release

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They call it America’s No. 1 Island… We call it home.

September 8, 2021

It was just announced that Hilton Head Island has been named the No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure's World’s Best Awards. This is the fifth time that Hilton Head Island has been chosen for this award, a rare and coveted honor for the community.
As residents, thank you for playing a vital role in garnering recognition such as this. The pride-of-place and love you have for this community shines through and makes a positive impact.
Accolades such as this further build and solidify our reputation as a world-class destination, and helps strengthen our tourism-based economy, which is good news for Lowcountry residents. In 2020, Hilton Head Island tourism accounted for a $1.37 billion economic impact for our area.

Thanks to tourism, as residents we enjoy outstanding local cuisine and restaurants, world-class golf and recreation, renourished beaches, strong property values, and so much more.

We also want to extend congratulations to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, which was ranked the No. 2 Domestic Airport in the U.S. 

Among the Top 10 South Carolina Hotels and Resorts, the Lowcountry was well represented with six local properties listed: Montage Palmetto Bluff (No. 2), The Inn & Club at Harbour Town (No. 5), Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort (No. 6), Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa (No. 7), The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa (No. 9), and the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (No. 10).
This distinction as America's Favorite Island® belongs to you, and I hope you are as honored as we are to be once again recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure for this coveted honor!

Bill Miles 
President & CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Grant, Communications Director

Bill Miles, President & CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce