MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has been awarded the 2013 Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year Shining Example winner by the Southeast Tourism Society.

This award was presented at a banquet at The Omni Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla., on November 5.

"We have seen the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk grow into the centerpiece of our downtown area, and its effect has been nothing short of phenomenal in helping with redevelopment," said Chuck Martino, chairman of the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation. "The boardwalk was made possible because of a private-public partnership between the city of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the DRC. This cooperation has allowed the boardwalk to be a catalyst for large private investment and redevelopment, thereby creating a destination for our guests and residents."

The Shining Example award is presented to an attraction, "whose work has resulted in a year of notable accomplishment," according to the Southeast Tourism Society's website. These accomplishments include the development of new business markets, a substantial growth in revenue or attendance and special outreach.

The 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was finished in 2010, and has been previously recognized nationally for its impact on the community. USA Today recently ranked it as one of the Top 24 Best Boardwalks for Food Across the USA.

"This boardwalk went from dream to reality in 2010, and to see it receive this national recognition is a huge source of pride," said Mike Wooten, boardwalk designer with DDC Engineers. "While awards are a wonderful attribute, the most rewarding thing is watching the redevelopment of the downtown because of the boardwalk and projects like the SkyWheel."

The Southeast Tourism Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the southeast. The STS has 12 member states.

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