Prior to Hurricane Florence, 2018 seemed to be turning out to be a normal year for tourism along the Grand Strand. The researchers in the Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism and the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development estimate the year-to-date lodging business performance as of Sept. 8, 2018, along with the most recent five years.
Have you ever wondered why we focus on growing air service to and from the Myrtle Beach area?In this episode of Talking Tourism, we chat with Scott Van Moppes and Kirk Lovell from Horry County Airports and Bob Barenberg from Kingston Resorts about air service, how it’s grown and why it’s important to Myrtle Beach.
Learn more about the importance of tourism promotion. Read “The Rise and Fall of Colorado Tourism” – a cautionary tale of what happens when tourism marketing budgets are eliminated. In the case of Colorado “domestic market share plunged 30% within two years, representing a loss of over $1.4 billion in tourism revenue annually. Over time, the revenue loss increased to well over $2 billion yearly.
Did you ever wonder how our tourism tax dollars are spent? The Myrtle Beach area is one of the nation’s busiest tourist destinations with over 18 million visitors coming to the Grand Strand in 2016. Those tourists stay in our hotels and beach houses, eat at our restaurants, shop in our stores, and spend money at golf courses, attractions and more. Every purchase our tourists make are taxed. In fact, in 2016, tourists paid almost $323 million in taxes. Did you ever wonder how those taxes are spent? Watch the video to learn more.