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More families expected in the Grand Strand this Labor Day

CCU Tourism experts say their resort tourism research shows reservations are up almost 15 percent for the week of Labor Day, compared to last year. (Source: Lisa Gresci) CCU Tourism experts say their resort tourism research shows reservations are up almost 15 percent for the week of Labor Day, compared to last year. (Source: Lisa Gresci)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Experts say hotels on the Grand Strand are seeing a spike in hotel reservations for Labor Day.

CCU Tourism experts say their resort tourism research shows reservations are up almost 15 percent for the week of Labor Day, compared to last year.

Local hotel managers say this is a trend they have seen coming, and they're excited many of these families are staying beyond the holiday and well into next week.

Many local hotel guests described the holiday in the same way.

"It's Labor Day weekend, last hurrah!" one guest says."Many are trying to get that last hurrah in before the school starts."

Numbers from CCU's Lodging Update show more families are choosing Myrtle Beach as their "last hurrah" destination this weekend, and hotels are just about full.

Manager of Island Vista Ocean Front hotel, Marc Adcox, says their property is booked up, and they have been for a while.

"They all tend to want to book in advance, even though we always tell them if it's on a major weekend like this, you always want to do that," Adcox says.

One guest, Rosanna Mazeika, booked over eight months in advance.

"I think we do it because we're afraid if we don't, we won't get a room," Mazeika says. "This is a popular place."

Other families got in by the luck of the draw.

"We got the last three-bedroom that was available actually, and I think it was a cancellation," another vacationer says.

CCU's Director of Resort Tourism, Taylor Damonte, explains for the most part, people make reservations in advance during the summer months because weather is more predictable, and it's known to be a busier time.

Managers at Island Vista see these reservations as a good sign for how people are feeling financially.

Guests agree the economy has been a factor.

"A warm fuzzy feeling that the economy's turned a little bit, and maybe things are getting better you know, I know it is for us," Wayne Drewry says.

Damonte explains unlike other three-day weekends, Labor Day is the one weekend that hotels stay full through Sunday, and even into the rest of the week. He anticipates the Grand Strand will be at an 85 percent occupancy.

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