Some businesses not feeling July 4th tourist boom
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:55:00 GMT —
The Fourth of July is supposed to be a busy holiday for businesses on the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is a staple for tourists to gather at, but some businesses say not as many tourists are in the area. For that, Hurricane Arthur is to blame.
"It's usually busier than this. I think the weather has a lot to do with it. I've heard a lot of cancellations with hotels," said Bill Hovis, an airbrush artist at Splish Splash on Ocean Boulevard.
There are people all over the boardwalk and on the beaches too, so the weather didn't have much of an impact on the area.
One tourist from West Virginia said she was at the beach and the hurricane didn't stop anybody from coming out and having fun.
Employees at tourist attractions like the SkyWheel say it has been business as usual so far this weekend.
"Lucky for us it was a great weekend with that storm so it could have been worse and it ended up being beautiful," said Margaret Lynch, a manager at the SkyWheel.
In fact ever since the summer tourism season kicked off on Memorial Day weekend, business has been continually busy with long, steady lines. They say they treat everyday like a Friday.
"There seems like there's more people at the beach than in the park area enjoying all the festivities. But for us here its been a great weekend so far," said Lynch.
Even with Hurricane Arthur skirting the Grand Strand, one flip side is that the holiday fell on a Friday, making it a long weekend for families.
Hotels are expected to be at a 94 percent capacity for the July 4th weekend.