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Myrtle Beach among the most-searched-for Labor Day destinations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach is the place to be this Labor Day Holiday – the city was the second most-searched-for Labor Day destination on the travel website Travelocity.com.

Myrtle Beach ranked second, behind number one Las Vegas, and ahead of New York City.

“As the summer travel season comes to a close, many last-minute vacationers are looking for a great destination to spend the Labor Day holiday. We are thrilled to see that so many are seeking out the Myrtle Beach area,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “With fantastic weather, affordable accommodations, a wealth of attractions and a number of family-friendly festivals and events, the Grand Strand is the perfect beach destination to spend the long Labor Day weekend.”

Businesses along on Ocean Boulevard say that is good news to hear, as they are hoping to end the busy tourist season on a high note.

Lonnie Riley, is a manager at Boardwalk Coffee House he says, " We're excited about that big last push that we can do!"

"The hooray, so to say! Yes, Labor Day weekend has traditionally always been a good weekend for us," said Briggs Dickerson, General Manager of Peaches Corner.

The 10 most-searched-for Labor Day destinations, according to Travelocity.com, are:

  1. Las Vegas, Nev.
  2. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  3. New York, N.Y.
  4. Ocean City, Md.
  5. Orlando, Fla.
  6. Chicago, Ill.
  7. Fort Walton Beach – Destin, Fla.
  8. Miami, Fla.
  9. Atlanta, Ga.
  10. San Diego, Calif.

See the full list yourself right here.

"It really doesn't surprise me that we are number two with Travelocity, " said Dickerson. "It's just a tell sign that the money the Chamber is spending on advertising is being spent where it needs to be."

Riley said, now that word is out and more people are looking to make the Grand Strand their vacation spot, they've got to start preparing. " We've just got to make sure we have enough staff for a group like that, you know the crowds are coming in, we've got to be ready," said Riley. 

Myrtle Beach was recently ranked number two on another, less desirable list: The 10 “Most Dangerous Cities” in South Carolina. That list was compiled from FBI crime data by the website OnlyInYourState.com.

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