Tourism Surges along South Carolina's Grand Strand
Spring tourism is starting strong on South Carolina's Grand Strand, the heart of the state's $18 billion tourism industry, the Associated Press reported.
The lodging update released Thursday by the Brittain Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University shows that midweek occupancy last week ran about 33% in Georgetown and Horry counties. That's up almost 17% from the same week a year ago.
Weekend occupancy was about 50%, up about 23% from last year.
Researchers sample hotel, rental condominiums and campgrounds along the Grand Strand with more than 9,000 units.
New South Carolina tourism director Duane Parrish has predicted the industry could enjoy a record spring followed by double-digit growth during the next two years.