Kick off the New Year with a trip to Myrtle Beach

In an effort to encourage visitors to make vacation time a priority in 2019, several Myrtle Beach area properties are offering discounts including up to 35 per cent off entire stays, free nights, free late check-outs and more.

Unused vacation time is a recurring issue nationwide and has been highlighted in the US Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative and annual State of American Vacation report. The 2018 report revealed the beginnings of change may be at hand, but more than half of Americans are still leaving vacation time on the table. Furthermore, less than half of vacation time taken is being used for travel – and those who are not traveling during their time off report lower overall rates of happiness. To combat this, the US Travel Association established National Plan for Vacation Day, which is dedicated to encouraging Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. The holiday will be celebrated on January 29, 2019.

“Vacation time goes unused year after year, and we want to emphasize the importance of reversing that trend. Starting the year off right by planning a trip is a great step in that direction,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of Visit Myrtle Beach. “Taking time off is a proven way to reduce stress and improve mental and physical health, and Myrtle Beach’s 60 miles of pristine coastline provide the perfect, serene atmosphere to unplug, unwind and relax with loved ones.”

Deals currently featured on include:

Bay View on the Boardwalk – Conveniently located on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Bay View provides modern accommodations and amenities such as a lazy river, Kids Splash Deck and more. Bay View is offering up to 35 percent off an entire stay.

The Caravelle Resort – Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, The Caravelle Resort features a wide variety of room options including suites and condos. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, oceanfront pool bar, ice cream shop, whirlpools, lazy river and more. The resort is offering up to 35 percent off newly renovated rooms and free late checkout.

SeaSide Resort – This charming oceanfront boutique-style resort is complete with fully equipped condos, each with a private balcony featuring amazing views of the ocean. Guests can enjoy up to 25 percent off an entire stay.

Avista Resort – Close to over 80 area golf courses and within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and nightlife, this resort provides oceanfront and ocean view condos with a variety of amenities. The resort is offering 25 percent off an entire stay and free tickets to select attractions.

Sea Mist Oceanfront – Celebrating over 60 years of family fun in Myrtle Beach, Sea Mist provides several amenities such as a water park, lazy river and more. Guests at Sea Mist can enjoy a free night during a three-night stay.