MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The weather may be cooling down but tourism is heating up in Myrtle Beach. Many businesses believe the fall season is sparking more interest in the area.
Between Halloween and Oktoberfest, this month is packed full of tricks and treats for the boulevard.
"It has been a busier shoulder season. We've tried to put things together on the boulevard to show people there is a lot to do here," said Lee Douglas, the Manager of Boulevard Attractions with Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Properties are partnering up downtown for the Halloween season, offering a Fright Pass to area attractions.
"It has been busier during the evenings, a nice change to the downtown area," shared Douglas.
The CCU Lodging Update backs up those numbers, as researchers forecast nearly 60 percent of hotels in the area are booked this week. Those numbers are consistently up from this time last year.
Boulevard businesses think part of it is because of the fall spirit, with more Halloween attractions attracting locals and tourists to come downtown.
As those crowds continue in this area, parking meters are still in place. The City of Myrtle Beach approved the change earlier this year and hopes the meters will control parking throughout the city.