Earliest Easter in years good news for Grand Strand economy

Early Easter brings more business

Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) - For the first time in five years, the Easter holiday weekend falls on a weekend.  Some local businesses on the Grand Strand see an early Easter as a jump start for the spring tourism season.

"It's going to be a strong weekend," said Donald Hovis with the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach.  "We sold out dates starting on Friday, Saturday, and then carrying into next week."

While the weather is expected to warm up heading into the holiday, Hovis said having Easter so close to spring breaks for children really helps bring people down to the Grand Strand from all over the Carolinas.

"With Easter and spring break mirroring each other this year, it's definitely going to be a great week for Myrtle Beach," Hovis added.

Restaurants are also seeing a peak in interest for the weekend.  At Croissants Bistro and Bakery, owner Heidi Vukov said she is expecting a full house Sunday.

"Last year for Easter Sunday I think we served 150 people," Vukov said.  "We actually already have more on the books now than we served last year."

She added this early start will be great for everyone.

"Easter typically in Myrtle Beach is the start of the spring season and being so early this year will really help all of the businesses in our town."

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