CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Grand Strand is rolling out the red carpet and pulling out all the stops for our neighbors to the North. It's time for The CanAm Days festival.
CanAm Days has been a success for years. The goal is always to bring money here to the Grand Strand, but for this event, organizers are working to expand that reach from the beach to further inland with the hope of spreading those tourist dollars out.
Like all our visitors, Canadians are spending money to stay in our hotels, eat in restaurants and enjoy our main attractions.
At Myrtle Beach International - there are two airlines that fly directly from Canada to the beach. While there's no definite answer on how many Canadians flew into the area so far, officials said those flights always bring in solid numbers.
Local businesses are already preparing for the influx of Canadians. They're welcoming the boost in business and extra foot traffic ahead of the busy summer months.
"You can tell the difference, we'll start to get steadily busy after, I hope this weather breaks but, we will see it," The Trestle Bakery Manager Terry Bedell said.
There's a full list of events, offering the chance to explore the Riverwalk, visit the Horry County Museum, go to a wine tasting and tour the historic residential district. You'll also be able to ride along the Waccamaw River or walk around downtown Conway to enjoy the different shops and places to eat.
If you're wondering how you're going to get to all of these events, no worries, there will be golf carts for certain tours.
There will also be shuttles going back and forth from downtown Myrtle Beach to downtown Conway. It's free, but you need to get there a half hour early to sign up.
A couple of Canadians today just happened to be in town visiting friends, not knowing about the festival, but say it will be a good excuse to visit again.
"Now that we know that there's things going on we might have to come back tomorrow and try the wine tour or the Riverwalk sounds nice," Canada visitor Laura Ericson said.
The CanAm Festival starts Wednesday and ends on Thursday in Conway. Events start at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. on both days.
To see the full schedule, information about how you can register for different events, or shuttle times, click here.