Myrtle Beach Area Economy Looking Up


Tourism will continue to lift the Grand Strand economy this spring, though rising gas prices are throwing a wild card into an otherwise rosy forecast.

The Grand Strand’s tourism-based economy is expected to be better this spring than last, with gains in tourism and retail and growth in the number of jobs, though the housing woes remain the weak spot and will persist throughout the spring and for some time to come, according to the spring economic forecast by Coastal Carolina University economist Rob Salvino.

“We were hit real hard in the recession but we are coming out of it,” he said. “Myrtle Beach is recovering. Most of that can be seen in tourism.”


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