Golf: Investing in Myrtle Beach
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.