Many people who discover DeBordieu do so by first visiting Myrtle Beach, our bustling neighbor 30 miles north. So when I read this article about South Carolina Tourism numbers being up, particularly along the Grand Strand, it made me very happy.
For a short while, about 20 years ago, I had the privilege of serving as the Vice President of Marketing for the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. It was an eye opener!
What was so amazing to me was the fact that people all over the country knew about Myrtle Beach, but not necessarily that it was even IN South Carolina! Particularly when talking about golf! “Oh….. you’re from South Carolina… Is that near Myrtle Beach?” LOL!
Many people who walk into the DeBordieu office to inquire about real estate or rentals, are folks that are vacationing in Myrtle Beach. Being exposed to DeBordieu and Pawleys Island, they very often decide that they would prefer a slower, lower density, closer to nature type of environment for their vacation, or to make their home.
Note: this is what drives me crazy about the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce promotion of the freakin’ “Hammock Coast” instead of the “PAWLEYS ISLAND AREA” to take advantage of the national name recognition Pawleys Island already has. If it were my show, I would hook them with Pawleys, and educate them about what goes on in Georgetown, Andrews and Murrells Inlet…. but that’s just me.
Anyway… the article about tourism numbers being up sited that low gas prices, new air service, and recognition from Kiawah’s PGA championship will help these numbers stay up for South Carolina. It also talked about 23% of the budget being spent on GOLF… which I think is great also. When golfers find out that DeBordieu offers the only truly private golf club in the area, it gives them one more reason to seek us out!
It was a good article! Read it here: Tourism looking up in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach Area.
This photo of Myrtle Beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor