Sep
06

Myrtle Beach Area Wraps Up a Solid Summer

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– thesunnews.com

New flights, a new boardwalk and more marketing of the Grand Strand helped create a solid summer for tourism despite a still wobbly economy, and the momentum should continue into the fall, officials said.

Hotel gains ranged from fragile to near record-breaking, while attractions such as Broadway at the Beach and Ripley’s properties say they have had steady growth. Hotel and condohotel occupancy far surpassed expectations – up about 8 percentage points from last year – and that upward trend is likely to continue, said Taylor Damonte, director of the Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University.

“The big picture is that we are now in the beginning stages of the new business cycle,” Damonte said.

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