They said they were a for-profit organization, and you can't make a profit using accommodations taxes.

As a prediction, I see Myrtle Beach starting an upward turn in perception, quality of vacations, and number of visitors. Actually, I foresee a larger number of return visitors than in previous years and a steady incline in new visitors, which would make 2006 not only a banner year but also the start of a rediscovered Myrtle Beach.

If this happens, then the whole purpose of the A-tax . is basically moot. The system was designed to increase the tax base by driving tourism.