Winter weather could affect summer season

Winter weather could have impact on tourism

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Winter may be fading into the past, but the big chill it brought about could have a serious impact on the tourism industry in the Grand Strand.

"We're always worried about the first two weeks in June and the last two weeks in August," said Rod Swaim of Dunes Realty in Garden City. "January, February, and March are our busiest times."

The rental team at Dunes is in full swing, but Swaim says the majority of their rentals are for families on summer vacation, not couples who can get away for a quick weekend.

Swaim says the deep freeze that struck not just the Grand Strand, but much of the United States is wreaking havoc on vacation rentals.

"So many kids are going to be making up school days," he said.

While just a week or two may not seem like much, Swaim says it could have a big impact on how successful the summer tourist season is for the Grand Strand.

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