MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Grand Strand businesses are getting flashbacks to last year, when the bad weather affected business. The weather was off to a good start for the beginning of the spring break season, but now the temperatures have dropped again.
Managers are saying it's forcing tourists to stay indoors, and there have been long lines of people waiting to go to inside attractions. This is a good thing for some, but for others, it's causing business to be flat this year compared to last. Most customers along the boardwalk are walking from their hotels, so when the weather is bad, they don't bother to take those extra steps.
For those businesses by the beach, they are just at the mercy of the weather.
"With them being right there at the beach, when the beach has bad weather, people tend to come more inland," explained Jessica Mula, the PR Coordinator for Ripley's Attractions, "to kind of run away from that bad weather, so to speak. So I would think they're a little down as a whole, and the whole boardwalk itself."
WMBF News checked Coastal Carolina University's latest tourism study numbers, and this weekend's bookings at Vacation Rental Properties are expected to be down 15 percent from last year. At this time last year, it was around the Easter holiday, so that played a factor into how many people were out and about. Businesses are still expecting more people in about three weeks when the Easter holiday comes again.