Tourism numbers to suggest full weekend in Myrtle Beach

Published: Jun. 30, 2011 at 2:08 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Tourism numbers are expected to be released on Thursday that will show occupancy levels at near capacity of the Independence Day holiday weekend.

According to Dr. Taylor Damonte with the Coastal Carolina University Clay Brittan Center for Resort Tourism, occupancy levels will hover around 98 percent for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this holiday weekend.

"Calls have definitely been coming in at the last minute [for hotel rooms], of course that can be hard to find on the Grand Strand," said Michelle Cantey, Marketing Director for Oceana Resorts. On Wednesday, Cantey said her hotels were close to being sold out for the holiday weekend and that could beat previous estimates.

"It was really nice to be able to come down; spend just $3.22 [per gallon on gas] to come down. It's way more expensive back home," said Kimberly Day, visiting the Grand Strand from North Carolina.

CCU estimates are expected to show a growth in occupancy rates between 1.5 to 2percent compared to the same holiday weekend in 2010. Those numbers are expected to be released on Thursday afternoon.

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