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Tourism panel gives SC’s Grand Strand black eye

Nov 19, 2010 7:10:00 PM - thestate.com
A panel of 340 tourism authorities has ranked the Grand Strand among the worst coastal destinations in the world, according to a report by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

The Grand Strand was rated the eighth worst out of the 99 destinations rated. The area tied with three other destinations in Vietnam, Lebanon and Spain.

The index rates stewardship and integrity of a destination and the survey of experts was conducted by National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations. The results appeared in the November/December issue of National Geographic Traveler.

The report criticizes the area's over-development with one critic calling it, “the definition of unsustainable.” State parks in the area are worth visiting, it said.

While the names of some panelists are listed in the report, individual comments made by the experts were kept anonymous. Here's one example: