June 16, 2017

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Diane Charno
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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB
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Myrtle Beach Recognized as 7th Best Small American City

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Myrtle Beach was ranked 7th 'Best Small American City' by Resonance Consultancy, the leading advisors in real estate, tourism, and economic development for countries, cities, and communities. The 2017 America's Best Cities Report ranked the 50 Best Large American Cities, as well as the 50 Best Small American Cities for 2017.  The winning cities were unveiled at a June 14 awards celebration at New York University sponsored by National Geographic Travel.

As the smallest city in the Top 10, both in city and surrounding metropolitan population, Myrtle Beach's strong finish among Small Cities is driven by its ranking in both Product and Programming categories. Amusement parks, festivals and sunsets help make Myrtle Beach Instagram gold. The report noted that Myrtle Beach lead all of America's Small Cities in Entertainment sub-category with Airport Connectivity ranked fifth-best. As stated in the report, no one does theme parks and family attractions better than South Carolina's ocean playground, Myrtle Beach. The report also noted Myrtle Beach's second-best Promotion perch among Small Cities, driven by Facebook Check-ins (#2) and TripAdvisor Reviews (#3).

“It’s no surprise to us that Myrtle Beach is one of America’s Best Small Cities,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our 60 miles of beautiful coastline attract many visitors here for the first time, but that southern hospitality, wealth of entertainment options and great climate bring many back to live, work and play.”

Resonance Consultancy developed this comprehensive American city ranking to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of a place, reputation and competitive identity for U.S. principal cities. The analysis compared 27 factors in six key categories using a combination of core statistics and online ratings and reviews. It's a tool that helps cities understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lens of the people who matter most: their residents and visitors.

Chris Fair of Resonance consultancy said, “Much more than traditional marketing, these opinions and attitudes influence the way people perceive places and where talent, tourism and investment flow.”

The full 2017 America’s Best Cities Report can be downloaded for free at The video of American's Best Cities Revealed can be viewed here.

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About the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1938 the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit