Myrtle Beach appreciates Canadian business. That is what we learned at the Palais Royale during the Myrtle Beach travel event held in Toronto last night, where travel industry members and media personnel were treated to a sensory experience of what it would be like to visit this South Carolina beach city – minus the beach.
Myrtle Beach tourism released news to help alleviate the declining Canadian dollar and encourage travel by offering steep discounts to “make up” for the difference. To ensure Canadian snowbirds still have the means to travel and experience the sunshine, Myrtle Beach partnered with local hotels, attractions, dining, and entertainment venues to provide a discount from January to April 2016, upon presentation of a Canadian passport. This is good news for Canadians travellers as costs increase with the rising American dollar.
Hotels will be discounted up to 65% and entertainment, attractions, and restaurants up to 30% to at least cover the difference of the 76-cent-on-the-dollar conversion from Canadian currency to US. This is the first time a program like this has been introduced specifically targeting Canadian travellers to Myrtle Beach, and we want you to take advantage of the savings that are being offered. Discounts include the following attraction partners: The Alabama Theater, Legends in Concert, Palace Theatre, Ripley’s Aquarium, Soar + Explore, The Carolina Opry, and Wonderworks, and others to be released.
Ocean Front Viking Motel, Ocean Plaza Motel, and Polynesian Beach and Golf Resort are offering 25% off any stay of three nights or more from Jan. 1 through April 30, 2016, as one example of how you can save.
Non-lodging discounts include 30% off your second adult ticket to Legends in Concert and 30% off tickets for Hot Jersey Nights and Cirque Extreme.
Moreover, travelling during off-peak season in the late fall to early spring will see even more affordable accommodations and attraction passes.
“We have been welcoming Canadians to the Myrtle Beach area for decades and hope this promotional solution will help overcome any financial hurdles caused by the exchange rate,” said Susan Phillips, director of marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area CBV in a press release.
Myrtle Beach is also celebrating their Canadian visitors with the 55th annual Canadian American Days Festival (Can-Am Days) from March 12-20, 2016. If you’re planning on visiting Myrtle Beach, this is a great time to experience the Southern hospitality Myrtle Beach is known and loved for. The festival overlaps with St. Patrick’s Day 2015 on March 12, where 30,000 people are estimated to celebrate Ireland with a parade and festival.
With perfect timing, Porter Airlines also released news of its seasonal service from Toronto to Myrtle Beach beginning February 11, 2016 until May 23, up to five times weekly and with daily flights available during March Break.
The short flight to Myrtle Beach from Billy Bishop airport is only two hours long. The drive, a mere 14 hours, is a piece of cake for Canadians who often flock to warmer climates of the United States’ east coast for the winter. As a shorter alternative to Orlando and something different for families who aren’t interested in a theme park-centered vacation, Myrtle Beach provides the same comfortable accommodations and exciting attractions a little bit closer to home.
Porter is partnered with hotels including Legends Golf and Resort, Island Vista Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Myrtle Beach, Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway, Kingston Plantation Resort, and Marina Inn at Grand Dunes to provide vacation packages as part of the Porter Escapes offering.
Connecting flights to Myrtle Beach are available with Porter via Toronto from Sault Ste. Marie, Halifax (March Break only), Ottawa, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins and Montreal.
If you still need convincing that Myrtle Beach may be the place for you, consider what you’re looking for in a vacation.
The wide range of accommodations suit any preference, with hotels, motels, resorts, vacation rentals and condos, beach house rentals, pet-friendly accommodations, and RVs and campgrounds all welcoming guests who can afford different price-points. Large families or those staying for longer periods of time will find comfortable and spacious accommodations equipped with everything you’ll need for a home-away-from-home. Hotels on the oceanfront boardwalk and promenade are ideal for those who want to stay in the heart of the action, close to dining, nightlife, and attractions.
The beaches are an obvious selling point, with 60 miles of coastline and over 200 days of sunshine. Hit the waters as you jet-ski, parasail, or windsurf, or just relax and build sandcastles with the kids. Winter temperatures range from a comfortable 14C to 16 C, perfect for a Canadian getaway this winter as temperatures drop, while summertime can reach 32C, ideal for sunbathing and cooling off in the waters.
Myrtle Beach has over 100 golf courses including championship courses designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. The area is also a paradise for surfing, seafood, and outlet malls.
For kids, attractions are plentiful with roller coasters, water slides, laser tag, and mini golf inspiring fun times. Families can visit attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, ride the 200-foot tall SkyWheel, discover the interactive science exhibits at Wonderworks, or satisfy their inner wizard at MagiQuest.
The Children’s Museum of South Carolina, Franklin G Burroughs-Simeon B Chapin Art Museum and the South Carolina Civil War Museum are great ways to spend an afternoon.
The city also boasts two state parks, Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park, with hiking trails and picnic areas, in addition to upscale malls and souvenir shopping, and performance arts like comedy, dinner theatre, and Broadway productions.
Canadians represent 1 million of the 17.2 million visitors who experience Myrtle Beach each year.
With some of the best deals that are catered specifically for Canadians, now is the best time to book a Myrtle Beach vacation. Don’t let the dollar bring you down – book your Myrtle Beach getaway today and enjoy all the benefits of this amazing offer.