MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Labor Day marks the official end of the summer tourist season in the Grand Strand, but businesses say they're expecting a much appreciated boost this holiday weekend.
Tourists packed beaches, hotels, the boardwalk and many small businesses on Ocean Boulevard Saturday. Some of those businesses say the extra traffic allows them to end a great summer on a good note.
"Anytime towards the end of the season in any business it's always good to have big numbers like that. It usually means people are interested in coming down to the beach and spending time at the beach," said Amanda Thompson of Bay View Resort.
Thompson said the hotel's occupancy this weekend hasn't been below 80-percent. There were no vacancies Saturday night.
The new Boardwalk Coffee House opened this summer and owners say they expect to do well throughout the weekend too.
"They're just moving in, in fact just as we're speaking now you can see the traffic. It's building up so we should have a pretty good crowd tonight," said owner Rick Sarver.
Ocean Grille and Deli owner Gjergji Behaj says his business has doubled in just a day.
"I've seen it since yesterday. I can tell a difference I mean the business is increasing, so hopefully by Labor Day it's gonna be booming," he said.
Some businesses near Ocean Boulevard had not seen quite the increase they expected.
"There is a lot of people in the town, but they didn't show up yet and we hope that it's going to be a good night," said Haim Moryosef of Ocean Wear near the boardwalk.