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Grand Strand Tourism Strong Into Fall

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Nice weather this fall has boosted tourism on South Carolina's Grand Strand. Nice weather this fall has boosted tourism on South Carolina's Grand Strand.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

Nice weather this fall has boosted tourism on South Carolina's Grand Strand.

The Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University reports that from just after Labor Day through mid-October, room occupancy ran 55 percent, up almost 10 percent from the previous year. Revenue per available room was also up almost 10 percent.

Researcher Taylor Damonte tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that weekend tourism beat projections almost every weekend during the period.

Taylor credited the nice weather. He says during the spring and fall, people are more likely to take spontaneous getaways if the weather is nice. In the summer, visitors book in advance and travel regardless of weather.

The Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach are the heart of South Carolina's $16.5 billion tourism industry.

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