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Myrtle Beach hotel occupancy rates for Labor Day higher than past 2 years | Myrtle Beach News

MYRTLE BEACH — If summer tourism numbers released recently by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are any indication, vacationers visited the Grand Strand at a record pace on Labor Day Weekend, even amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The chamber said one reason for the surge of visitors is due to various marketing campaigns distributed to multiple states with other experts adding that tourists are ready to travel after quarantines and other measures implemented to slow the spread of the virus, boosting the economy overall. 



'Revenge travel' and how it's played out in SC this summer

“Most national and local indicators show significantly greater demand and sales

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Miami hotel workers demanding higher wages in pandemic

For 10 years, Norlando Saavedra left his house in Kendall at 4 a.m. to arrive at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach by 5 a.m. The 58-year-old worked for eight hours making omelets, bacon, waffles and pancakes for hotel guests. Then, he got back into his car and drove to the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Doral, where he worked from 2 until 10 p.m. making tacos, hamburgers, pizzas and churrascos. Most days, he arrived home at 11 p.m.

Two jobs. Sixteen hour days. Six days a week.

It took both jobs for Saavedra to earn close to the $31.41

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