Freezing temperatures' impact on tourism isn't all bad

Freezing temperatures' impact on tourism isn't all bad

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For those vacationing along the Grand Strand, the freezing temperatures could be affecting their plans.

Jerrin Josue, an avid golfer who books golf packages for those visiting Myrtle Beach from up north, had a tough time playing 18 holes Wednesday because of the cold.

The weather, however, is something his northern clients are all too familiar with.

"I'll probably have a couple of guys who say, 'Hey, can we get a couple of rain checks? It's a little too chilly for us,'" said Josue. "It's a big swing for them. Most are dealing with it to the best of their abilities. Some of the guys come down here on trips, they're die hard. They're going to go out there, they're going to bundle up, and they're going to play golf."

Mike Forrester and his buddies are from South Dakota, and said they don't miss a tee time for anything.

"We're not so bad. It isn't so bad out there other than the wind," Forrester said. "No. 1, we're used to the cold. The cold doesn't bother us so much."

While the country clubs anticipate business will pick up this weekend once the warmer weather returns, Bethany Marshall, who does marketing for Ripley's Aquarium, is expecting tourists to find their way indoors.

"Typically, if it's beautiful and sunny outside, people head for the beach. Cold weather can have that same effect that rain does on people," Marshall said. "They want to get out of it and they want to get warm."

This week also coincides with Can-Am days, where Canadian visitors like Lee Maynard are offered special deals to visit Myrtle Beach.

Those north of the border say they aren't phased by the cold snap.

"We've been watching the weather and I think they said by Tuesday it'll be back up in the 70s," Maynard said. "So just a couple days of cold and we're back to summer."

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