MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Springmaid Beach resort is hosting the Tea Party Convention this year, with presidential hopefuls like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz, bringing in hordes of loyal supporters into our town.
A representative with the resort says the impact has been huge and very positive. Tea Partiers from all over the country have flocked to Myrtle Beach, bringing tourism in what would normally be a slow time of the year. A manager Damon's Beachside Restaurant said it was a record weekend for them during the month of January, and they are anticipating more crowds until the convention is over. One hostess said they were caught a little off-guard by the rush, but are happy to see businesses booming this time of year.
"You see, in the summer we're usually well prepared for it, we expect to be busy. We have a lot of people on, all that stuff. And last night, I mean I did think it would be busy, but not that busy. So I was running around, needing another person." said Lauren Zalewski, a hostess at Damon's.
A Myrtle Beach spokesperson says it will take a while to determine the overall impact that the convention has had, but it has definitely made for an unconventional off-season.