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Summer Visitors Expected Down By 800,000

Myrtle Beach SC

Tourism Industry forecasters are now predicting Summer vacationers to Myrtle Beach may be down by as many as 800,000 visitors.   This will mark the first large drop by this many visitors to Myrtle Beach since the 1970s.   Jimmy Carter was in office the last time Myrtle Beach saw this kind of decline.

Why the drop?   Forecasters have not said exactly,  but one local cultural architect,  Scott Lemons believes last year’s city wide tent ban has had a large impact on visitors not coming in 2015.

“We are hearing it all across social media,” said Scott Lemons.  “Larger families and older visitors are very upset about the tent ban.  They are simply avoiding Myrtle Beach for 2015.  Merchants and hotel owners will see a much slower season and less revenues this year.”

One key question being asked is what to do about such a precipitous drop.   As of now board members we spoke with of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are yet unwilling to admit the drop is occurring.  We have not spoken with Brad Dean about the numbers.  City officials always tend to follow the lead of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

We will see how the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber response comes in this September when the picture is fully available for all to see.

What is your opinion,  Why is business so off in Myrtle Beach this year?

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Marlene is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marlene has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a marketing company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. When cleaning his cape, Marlene partners with Shiloh Place Ministries (www.shilohplace.org) as well as travels speaking and teaching.

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