Following the announcement that the NAACP will lift its travel ban on South Carolina following the removal of the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

"We applaud the NAACP leadership for lifting their 15-year boycott of the state of South Carolina and look forward to working together to share our state's abundant tourism options with everyone. Our hope is that the historic decision made by state officials sends a clear message that South Carolina understands history, values civil rights and welcomes everyone."