Paying the Price for Rudness — Tourists Stay Away from South Carolina

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WASHINGTON — S.C. and local tourism officials say they are being flooded by e-mails and calls from people across the country, saying they won’t vacation in the Palmetto State because they’re upset by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst at President Barack Obama.

A number of the out-of-state e-mailers have said they have taken beach trips for years in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and other resort areas but don’t plan to return, officials said.

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