Myrtle Beach, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Economists are predicting a thriving weekend for hotels across the Grand Strand, as vacationers flock to the coast to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
The latest Tourism Economy Study from Coastal Carolina University forecasts occupancy at hotels, condo-hotels and campsites will be near 95 percent over the holiday weekend. That number, according to economists, could fall within 2 percent of 2009's hotel occupancy rates.
The high expectations follow a weekend of equally pleasing numbers from a sample of Grand Strand hotels. Preliminary numbers reveal occupancy for the weekend of June 25 averaged 94.4 percent, up 1.1 percent from 2009.
Researchers claim overall hotel occupancy between May 16 and June 26 is also up 12 percent.