SC tourism officials watch effect of Gulf spill

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Some tourists worried about the effect of the oil spill on the Gulf Coast are making reservations for beach vacations in South Carolina.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Wednesday that chambers of commerce along South Carolina's Grand Strand report an increase in calls from people concerned the oil spill might ruin a Gulf vacation.

Brad Dean of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is waiting to see the impact on South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry.

Dean says he's not sure what the effect will be, since some of those who might ordinarily vacation on the Gulf Coast would have to drive twice as far to get to South Carolina. He says for some it would be an eight to 10 hour trip.

Information from: The Sun News,

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