Study suggests creating "attraction clusters" near MB Convention Center

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A study conducted by the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department suggests that the City of Myrtle Beach should create a cluster of attractions near the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Officials involved in the study proposed the attractions should stretch towards Broadway at the Beach. The study shows that developing an area between the two destinations will bring more tourists and money to the Grand Strand.

"This would provide another destination, possibility on the Myrtle Square Mall site and would provide some connectivity," said city spokesman Mark Kruea.

Randal Rogers, who works at a florist near the two attractions, agrees with the study that shows a group of attractions will draw more people to the area.

"Everything is kind of clustered if you go to the mall," he commented. "Everything is clustered there - the restaurants around it and stuff like that. I guess it kind of has its points. I think it would be a great idea to bring more tourists into town.  That would help out,  but the thing about it is we need to bring them in with the economy being so low right now."

Kruea said the city has already acquired 30 acres of the wooded area behind the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and has a mortgage for 10 additional acres. The city plans on using the land to expand exhibit hall space at the Convention Center.

Kruea said the cluster is just an idea and the city needs to get money for the project before any plans are put into place.

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