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Strong start for tourism along Grand Strand

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - The new year seems to be starting well for the tourism industry in Myrtle Beach.

Researchers with the Brittain Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University say their sample of hotels, condo-hotels and campsites along the Grand Strand shows that occupancy in the week that ended Jan. 2 was up 35 percent over the same week a year earlier.

Revenue per available room, a key indicator of the health of the tourism industry, was up about 60 percent.

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

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