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Fall tourism on SC's Grand Strand up from '09

Oct 18, 2010 9:11:00 AM - thestate.com
Tourism along South Carolina's Grand Strand is up this fall as couples and groups spend time at the beach. But officials say the golf business remains weak.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that revenue per hotel room is up more than 7 percent since Labor Day compared with last year. Coastal Carolina University researcher Taylor Damonte says rising room rates mean travelers can expect fewer discounts.

But the fall golf business remains weak with golfers spending less. Tourism businesses say there has been a modest increase in couples visiting and in group events such as last month's Southeastern Atlantic Shriners Association convention.

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

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