Most locals noticed the seemingly sudden traffic the week leading up to Easter. Preliminary reports from he Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism has confirmed we had a great weekend.
Late Easters are typically busier than normal and not necessarily an indicator of the Summer season. Tourism officials and retailers are cautiously optimistic for the Summer business based on the occupancy and RevPAR numbers both being up around 95%.
Lisa Edge of NewsChannel 15 has a great write-up with links and quotes. Read it on CarolinaLive.com
Here's a summary from the report itself:
Preliminary results from Coastal Carolina University’s voluntary sample of hotel, condo-hotel, and campsite (HC-HC) properties along the Grand Strand (9,834 units per day) during the week of April 17 –23 indicate that the midweek occupancy rate averaged 87.3 percent, up 42.6 occupancy points or 95.5percent compared to the equivalent week of 2010.