It might not be official on the calendar, but for most businesses the summer tourist season is finished.
A rain-soaked June caused the season to get off to a slow start, but once the wet weather moved out July and August had much better results.
Some of the brighter spots include the number of guests who visited the Grand Strand for the first time and the increased traffic at Myrtle Beach International Airport.
Years ago the end of Labor Day weekend meant flashing traffic signals and businesses closing down for the off-season. Now as we head into fall the push to build the shoulder seasons continues. You'll see the number of golf rounds picking up and other teams visiting the areas as sports tourism grows. With new sports facilities under construction there is a real opportunity to build the fall and spring traffic. It's a plan that is working. And hopefully in a few years we're only talking about a downturn during the winter months when our average temperature drops into the frigid 30s.
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