- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - As the recovery from the Great Recession continues, hotel towers are again rising along the oceanfront in Myrtle Beach.

Area media outlets report that ground is being broken Thursday for a new 14-story Homewood Suites resort and conference center - the second new lodging tower to begin construction this year. Work is already underway on a 24-story Hilton Grand Vacations Club timeshare tower.

They are the first two oceanfront high-rises to begin construction in downtown Myrtle Beach since 2009 when the recession put a halt to most new construction in the beachside resort.

Myrtle Beach is the heart of South Carolina’s $18 billion tourism industry.

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