MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As thousands prepare to head home after the holiday weekend, several hotels in the Grand Strand are reporting a strong turnout of visitors and business.
"This was quite the experience," Lee Caudle said, a front desk clerk at the Rainbow Court in Myrtle Beach. "We didn't expect it to be this good but it turned out to be much better."
Occupancy levels were projected to be around 95 percent for the weekend, according to the Clay Brittain Junior Center for Resort Tourism.
Many hotels say they even beat that optimistic forecast.
"I think honestly people just wanted a vacation," Jesse Stewart said, a front desk manager at the Windsurfer Hotel off Ocean Boulevard.
Some hotels said they were even able to charge higher rates, thanks to the increase in demand for the holiday weekend. Other hotels said this past weekend brought them one step closer to a strong summer, which is a key to surviving the quieter months in the fall and winter.
"We had people visiting from Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and others" Caudle said.
Hotels are also hoping for a strong turnout in early September for Labor Day weekend.