Due to flooding and road closures to the north and west of the Myrtle Beach area, Visit Myrtle Beach suggests that visitors driving to the beach this month, avoid US 501 and SC 22 and drive further south towards Georgetown in order to take US 17 north into Myrtle Beach. As road conditions are changing daily, please check 511sc.org site first or call 511. You can also check SCDOT.org for the latest updates.
Thank you for your interest in traveling to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB is always available to assist journalists who are researching and developing media coverage for print, digital, broadcast, and social outlets.
Since we receive a large volume of media hosting requests year-round, in order for us to provide the best quality and level of assistance, we have a hosting policy and form. The following policy outlines the procedure that journalists must adhere to when requesting assistance for individual media hospitality.
Group Press Trips
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB plans and implements roughly several themed press trips each year, typicall in the fall and spring. For group press trips, a representative from the Chamber/CVB's PR agency, Fahlgren Mortine, will be responsible for overseeing and/or escorting the group. The same assignment criteria applies for both group press trips and individual visits.
Policy for Hosting
Individual media hospitality is determined on a case-by-case basis and is subject to availability. Since many factors go into approving a media hosting request, please provide as much information as possible in order to quickly facilitate your request.
A FIRM assignment letter will be required in order for a hosting to be considered. We are not able to approve hostings for media without an assignment and confirmation of producing media coverage of the destination.
If you are traveling from September to May, we require at least four weeks' notice processing time once we have received all required media trip information. If you are traveling from June to August, we require at least six weeks' notice in order to coordinate your visit during peak season.
*** Please note that host accommodations during the busy summer period are limited to high level media visitors, are subject to stricter approval requirements and are based on availability.
Upon receiving a completed hosting request form, a representative from Fahlgren Mortine will work with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB to review each media request and then advise you of our hosting availability. This process can take up to 3 weeks.
Please note that the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB has a limited budget for media visits. Except in special situations, media visits will be limited to one room, for a maximum of four days (3 nights). Coverage of airfare, rental cars and other ground transportation costs will be determined on a case-by-case-basis.
Complimentary meals will only be provided to those writers and producers who are focused primarily or solely on food or culinary. If you are not a food or culinary writer or producer and are interested in restaurant assistance, please refer to www.grandstrandrestaurants.com for restaurant details and contact information.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB has the primary objective to host working media. Please understand that host hotels, attractions and restaurants are not always able to accommodate spouses, children, family, and friends accompanying working journalists.
The same criteria applies to bloggers as to traditional media outlets. The level of support the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB provides bloggers is determined by several factors, including website analytics and traffic, reader engagement, social media reach, experience working with other brands or destinations, and relevance of the blog's audience. A screen shot of online analytics information (page views, unique visitors, bounce rate, demographics) is required. In addition, we strongly encourage bloggers to submit a media kit. Bloggers may also be asked to include a custom tracking link, provided by the CVB, when posting about Myrtle Beach on their blog that links back to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com website.
Like traditional media outlets, all bloggers must complete the hosting form and adhere to the same timeline for consideration.
Instructions for All Media
Please complete the media trip request form below.
Mandatory for assistance: Fax, mail or email a letter of assignment on letterhead from the media outlet you are representing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, mail to Attn: Ann Marcum, Fahlgren Mortine, 4030 Easton Station, Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43219 or fax 614-383-1501. ** Please note freelance journalists will need a written letter of assignment from the publication's assigning editor.
Freelance journalists should forward recent examples of travel or travel-related coverage.
For online media and bloggers, please provide third-party documentation of web traffic data (Technorati, Nielsen, Sitemeter, Feedburner, etc). Bloggers MUST provide a screen shot of online analytics information (page views, unique visitors, bounce rate, demographics).
If you have a change in plans, please notify us immediately.
To remain on our preferred media list, please forward a copy of your print, digital, broadcast, or social story as soon as possible after the story runs.
Again, thanks so much for your interest in covering and visiting the 60 miles of white sandy beaches that encompass the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina! We look forward to welcoming you soon!