More snowbirds flying to the Grand Strand this season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach boardwalk was busy on Tuesday afternoon with many winter guests soaking up the sun before the weather from the Northeast brings in much cooler air.

May Carper is a Pennsylvania Resident, who is one of the many snowbirds who came down south to Myrtle Beach to get away from the winter weather.  "It's been really cold up there. January has been really bad with some cold weather," she said. "I was hoping to get down here sooner, but we didn't."

Carper said she and her husband decided to extend their trip since the winter storm up north is expected to roll in.

Coastal Carolina University released its lodging numbers earlier this month. The report shows from December 1 to January 11, there was 17 percent more people staying in the Grand Strand compared to last year's figures.

North Carolina resident Jewel Hutchins has been visiting the area for the past three years during the winter. She said she has seen first-hand more people down here this year. "In December there wasn't anybody, but in January there are plenty of us," she said.

Myrtle Beach International Airport is reporting  a 9.7 percent increase in the number of people flying into Myrtle Beach for the month of December. According to the Airport Spokesperson, Kirk Lovell, that equals out to about 3,500 of an increase from 2013.

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