MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If you're 55 and older, during South Carolina Senior Week, you're going to be able to enjoy discounts at restaurants, attractions and even hotels this January. And the week is only for people who live in South Carolina to enjoy.
Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill made the week happen; he said his office wanted to do something for the large contingency of senior citizens that live in the Palmetto State.
"We have 950,000 seniors out of our 4 and a half million population...950,000," according to Lt. Gov. McGill.
The week was planned to coincide with SC Restaurant Week, so travelers can enjoy those deals on top of what's being offered through Senior Week. The dates are January 8-18.
State and local officials hope seniors across SC will travel to new parts of the state during the week to enjoy what different communities have to offer, even if your wallet is normally tight. "A lot of these ladies and gentlemen are on fixed incomes," Lt. Gov. McGill said. "But with these discounts it will make a big difference with them because maybe four or five ladies will travel together, or couples will travel together."
Leaders met Thursday to make the announcement at the Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Commerce, the heart of the tourism industry in South Carolina. The idea is to give deals so good, seniors can't say no to taking an in-state vacation, benefiting them and the local businesses during the off-season.