MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) According to recently released Internet search results, the beach must be one of the most popular vacation spots in the county, specifically Myrtle Beach.
The Grand Strand ranked second in Google searches for vacation spots this summer of all cities across America. Topping the casinos and bright lights of Las Vegas, the shopping and nightlife of New York and the Windy City, Myrtle Beach fell behind only one other vacation destination. Orlando topped the list of most Googled vacation spots.
Most Popular Summer Vacation Spots according to Google Searches:
2. Myrtle Beach
3. Las Vegas
4. New York
Google search data also shows that Myrtle Beach has been growing in popularity over time. It was only five to six years ago when the Grand Strand's beaches ranked much lower on the vacation radar for Americans.
Much of the growing interest in Myrtle Beach as a top U.S. destination spot can be attributed to the work done by the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Scott Schult, who heads marketing at the CVB, puts much of his time and effort into ensuring Myrtle Beach is tops on the Web when potential visitors are looking for a great spot.
According to the CVB, the ramped up efforts that focus on their Web properties and online advertising has paid off. Traffic to VisitMyrtleBeach.com is on pace to top 6,750,000 unique visits in 2011, an increase of over 128 percent since 2008.