Low rates, mild weather bringing winter tourists to Grand Strand

Low rates, mild weather bringing winter tourists to Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach area hotels and realty groups are offering winter deals for tourists.

"Years ago, after Labor Day, Myrtle Beach would shut down essentially, but now, again, it's become a year-round destination," said Marty Graham, the Vacation Realty Director with Elliott Realty.

He's noticed the phones have been busy.

"It seems like the calls have increased this week due to you know, they're already thinking ahead for the summer time, but they want to get down here sooner," Graham said.

Even though vacationers may not be out sunbathing or swimming in the ocean, Graham has a few hunches for why people are in a rush to get down to the Grand Strand.

"They can still take advantage of the great deals, lower rates, less crowds, or less crowded I should say, less traffic," Graham added.

Right now on visitmyrtlebeach.com, there is a list of hotels and realty groups offering deals titled "Winter savings... Winter specials... and come warm up with us." Some are offering rates as low as $50 to $60 a night.

Airlines are moving in on the cold weather deals as well.

Spirit Airlines is advertising fares could be as low a $23.10 if you book before a certain time.

"Our business models are the same, I mean they are marketing to the same people, I know Myrtle Beach does a great job of marketing to the  Northeast with super low fares getting these people back," Graham said, pointing out that our temperatures are very moderate and people from the Northeast find even our coldest days pleasant.

"Forty to 50 degrees for them is not an issue at all, I mean in fact, she said I like to walk on the beach when it's that temperature," Graham said.

If the cold snaps keep up, Graham expects February, March and April to be a peek vacation months in the Grand Strand.

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