May a good month for tourism along Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Things are improving along South Carolina's north coast as the tourism industry emerges from the Great Recession.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Thursday that tourism officials say hotel occupancy was generally up along the Grand Strand during May weekends.

Amie Lee of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce says events in the area generated an estimated $2 million worth of paid and unpaid advertising to bring in visitors.

Robert Kelly owns three hotels in the area and says while occupancy is up, it doesn't mean room revenues have rebounded to pre-recession levels.

Myrtle Beach is the heart of South Carolina's more than $18 billion tourism industry.

Information from: The Sun News,

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