Myrtle Beach is still a top tourist destination

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For the second straight year Myrtle Beach ranks as one of the most searched vacation destinations online.

Yahoo, one of the country's most used search engines ranked Myrtle Beach the second most searched travel destination for the second year in a row. And for you at home who may have friends or family who own shops in the area, that means there may be more business coming your way.

Advertisements to visit Myrtle Beach are streaming across the east coast and they're grabbing people's attention to come check out what it's all about. "It's great for us, it just shows that people are interested in the Myrtle Beach area and searching up out," said Brad Dickerson of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Myrtle Beach came in as runner up to Las Vegas, but beat out other destinations like New Orleans and Atlantic City. "I'm not surprised after we've seen everything that's here," Tourist, Walt Myers said.

For you locals who helped grow this area, your dedication is noticed. We've been coming from 1976. and it's grown just tremendously since then, there's just so much to do now you can come year round," Myers said.

Myrtle Beach just came off of a very successful fall campaign called 60 more days of summer, but chamber employees say this ranking couldn't have been done without team work of the entire city. "Going online to our website to telling a friend we are open for business and we got great accommodations, great attractions and you should come visit us this time of year of any time of the year," Dickerson said.

The bulk of Myrtle Beach advertisement is done east of the Mississippi River, but the most recent push the chamber has done was into the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana area. At this time the chamber doesn't have any plans to advertise to the west coast.?

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