Occupancy rates to increase Easter weekend

4/11/2014 - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)-  Coastal Carolina's Lodging Update this month is predicting a 10-point increase in occupancy rates. Along with the nice weather, they are forecasting occupancy to be at 90-94 percent.

Taylor Damonte, director of the program, says this is higher than last Easter. He says Easter is considered a kick off week into the real tourist season.

He explains that it being later this year helped coordinate better with spring breaks. In result, more vacationers.

Blake Sloan, from Sloan Realty, hopes these occupancy rates will help his suffering numbers from January and February.

He says a lot of people plan their searches around spring breaks.

"So they'll look for months and they will combine that with their spring break vacation…looking at a second home or investment property or even some people that are relocating in the summer time we always see them combine those two at the same time," he said.

Sloan says people were canceling because winter weather has been so bad here as well. He is hoping that spring break falling into nicer weather means more people will continue to reschedule.

He is also hoping to see huge numbers this year because winter has been bad all over the country. He says he's been seeing a big boost already.

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