Golf: In­vest­ing in Myr­tle Beach

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Dean said lo­cals be­gan to no­tice the in­creas­ing Chi­nese pres­ence about a year ago. “There was some cu­rios­ity and even though we are a top tourist des­ti­na­tion (with more than 6 mil­lion vis­i­tors an­nu­ally), the vast ma­jor­ity of our tourists are do­mes­tic, with most com­ing from the East Coast and the Mid­west,” he told China Daily.

“We cer­tainly hope this means an in­crease in tourists from China,” Dean said. “Af­ter the Chi­nese have vis­ited New York, Las Ve­gas or Or­lando (Florida), we think Myr­tle Beach can be­come a top des­ti­na­tion on their sub­se­quent vis­its to the US.”

To pro­mote the area in China, Dean said a pro­gram tout­ing Myr­tle Beach has run on China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion.

“We want to bring more tourists from China to Myr­tle Beach,” said Dou. “We be­lieve that once they ex­pe­ri­ence the area they will tell their fam­ily and friends back in China.”

Jane Zheng moved to Myr­tle Beach more than 10 years ago. Af­ter de­cid­ing to change ca­reers from work­ing as a re­search sci­en­tist for a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany in New Jer­sey, she vis­ited Myr­tle Beach and de­cide to pur­sue ca­reer in real es­tate in the area.

“I bought some prop­er­ties and then en­cour­aged other Chi­nese in­vestors from New York and New Jer­sey to in­vest as well. Later on more in­vestors came over from China came over,” she said in an in­ter­view.

Zheng said the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Myr­tle Beach is small but thriv­ing.

“We have pro­fes­sion­als like doc­tors, pro­fes­sors who teach at lo­cal col­leges and busi­ness own­ers.”

“Chi­nese golfers have been com­ing to our am­a­teur tour­na­ments in Au­gust. At first it was only five or 10 and now it is 20 to 25 who come,” Zheng said.

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