Study: Hotel occupancy along Grand Strand drops 6%

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The peak tourist season is looming upon the Grand Strand, but recent numbers released from Coastal Carolina University show a slight dip in people heading to the beach.

The university's Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism reports midweek occupancy rates from April 25 to May 1 dropped 6.8 percent, compared to rates during the same time period in 2009. Weekend occupancy took a slighter blow, dropping only 6.1 percent.

Since the middle of March, researchers say reservation levels are up 0.1 occupancy points, or 0.2 percent compared to 2009.

Researchers forecast the occupancy for its sample of hotels, condo-hotels and campsites during the weekend of May 7 will be near or above 60 percent.

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