MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes is on a worldwide trip that involves some business and some pleasure.
According to a Facebook post, the mayor left for Israel Tueday. City Spokesperson Mark Kruea confirmed to News13 that Mayor Rhodes was visiting Tiberias, a coastal city that may become a Sister City to Myrtle Beach. Representatives from Tiberias visited Myrtle Beach in the spring. Kruea said the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is paying for Rhodes’ travel to Israel, and the representatives in Tiberias are hosting him there.
Kruea said Rhodes will then travel to Athens, Greece, at his own expense, and vacation for a couple of days there, before he he travels to Budapest for meetings, and then ultimately on to China. Chinese business and government figures are paying for Rhodes’ travel there, where he will spend several days meeting with tourism groups and government leaders as a representative of Myrtle Beach.
Kruea said Rhodes will return home on October 4.