SC hoteliers say bikers avoid Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Hotel operators in South Carolina's biggest beach town say they are not getting the business they usually do from the second of the year's motorcycle rallies.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Saturday that business is off by half at some Ocean Boulevard motels as bikers are avoiding the city because of restrictions put in place two years ago in an effort to get rid of the rallies.

Smaller hotels are reporting the biggest drop in visitors, while larger hotels and those outside the city limits say they are still filling up.

Bikefest typically draws about 200,000 bikers to the weeklong rally that starts Memorial Day weekend. The Cruisin' the Coast rally earlier this month saw bikers avoiding Myrtle Beach in large part because of the law requiring helmets.

Information from: The Sun News,

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