Area Chambers of Commerce form alliance to cash in on Myrtle Beach tourism

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An estimated 14 million people visit Myrtle Beach every year contributing millions of dollars to the economy. Many visitors come from other states and travel through Conway, Georgetown or Brunswick County, North Carolina. Some Chamber of Commerce leaders say it only make sense to form an alliance.

On Wednesday, leaders with Georgetown, Conway, Myrtle Beach, Loris, Little River, North Myrtle Beach and Brunswick County Chambers gathered at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues they face from the influx of tourists.

The meeting was the first time the organizations met, and they plan to hold more in the future, with a different chamber hosting each time.

The president of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber says strategic ways to capitalize on tourism is just one of the objectives.

"We really want to get people together to talk about what they're doing, give them an opportunity to talk about what they are doing in their communities, and [discuss] ways to collaborate, ways to strengthen relationships," says Marc Jordan.

The tentative name for the group is Coastal Chamber Coalition.

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