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MYRTLE BEACH — Good news for Canadians! Discounts and savings during the 57th annual Canadian-American Festival, which takes place this year from March 10-18, have been extended throughout the spring season.
Ranging from 25-55%, the discounts are designed to help Canadians ‘make up’ the difference in the Canadian exchange rate. Through May 2018, travellers with a valid Canadian passport can receive discounts at select hotels, attractions, golf courses, restaurants and live entertainment venues during their visit to the Myrtle Beach Area.
Can-Am discounts are offered to offset at least a portion of the 80-cents-on-the-dollar Canadian to U.S. dollar ratio. It is the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s hope that with these discounts, the destination will continue to be popular among Canadians looking to escape the cold this spring.
“We have seen a growing number of Canadian visitors to the Myrtle Beach area, especially in the past decade,” said Julie Ellis, public relations and communications manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB. “The late winter and early spring seasons offer mild weather, more affordable accommodations and more elbow room at area attractions. The special promotions for our Canadian neighbors provide even more incentive by bridging the gap in the exchange rate.”
Several hotels, resorts and attractions are offering deep discounts during Can-Am Days and throughout the spring for Canadians, including:
Other attractions in the area that are also offering deals include the Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ripley’s Myrtle Beach Attractions, WonderWorks and The Carolina Opry. Special discounts are available for valid dates listed on the individual deal/coupon. To receive discounts, visitors must show a valid Canadian ID.
This year, Myrtle Beach will welcome Canadians with a wide array of new developments and offerings, including a new Pearl Harbor Exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium, a new park and building complex in the Market Common district featuring three miles of new paths and picnic tables (opening by summer), and a new restaurant district in the Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment complex.
Other new attractions include The Asher Theatre, Myrtle Beach’s newest live performance, conference and event centre, a new Topgolf featuring point-scoring golf games, food, drinks and live music, and a 55,000 square-foot complex that will bring new restaurants, retail stores and a live music venue to the boardwalk (opening by April).
As for accommodations, Strand Capital Group is collaborating with Hilton Grand Vacations to build a new hotel featuring 33 luxury oceanfront units, scheduled to open in summer 2019. Plans are also in the works to demolish two Breakers Resort buildings and replace them with a Marriott branded resort (construction to begin in fall 2018), while ground has already broken for a 17-storey Residence Inn Marriott (completion date TBD). In addition, a new oceanfront resort property developed by Buchanan Motels called South Bay Inn & Suites is currently under construction, opening in May 2018 with 242 guestrooms, a gym, game room, bar area and sit-down restaurant.
Nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from Toronto are available on Porter Airlines and WestJet. For more information go to VisitMyrtleBeach.ca.