Strong weekend expected for beach tourism

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - This Easter weekend should be a strong one for tourism along the Grand Strand, the heart of South Carolina’s $18 billion tourism industry.

The lodging update released Thursday by the Brittain Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University forecasts that occupancy will run about 93 percent Thursday and Friday nights. That is based on a sample of lodgings in Horry and Georgetown counties.

And reservations indicate almost 80 percent occupancy for next week. Researchers say that’s an increase of almost 92 percent over the same week a year ago. But the Passover and Easter holidays were earlier last year.

AAA Carolinas reports that, while gas prices have increased 36 cents per gallon since Christmas, they are still about a penny a gallon less than last Easter.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks