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Old 06-22-2008, 04:31 PM
Location: Tennessee
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If you live in a town where the local economy depends largely on tourists and/or snowbirds, how has the cost of gasoline impacted business since Memorial Day? Do most of your town's tourists/snowbirds drive in or fly in?
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:50 PM
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Well I live about 20 minutes from the Wisconsin Dells. The resorts here are offering gas cards. etc. I haven't noticed much difference in business. The Dells is busy just as it usually is.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:33 PM
Location: Dreaming of South Dakota!
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Yep live in clayton,ga i dunno why but every old person from florida insists on coming here every summer! They can not drive and it just typically pisses me off and gets on my nerves.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:10 PM
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Well, I do, sort of.
My parents live in Las Vegas, and I just finished up my degree there.

Our gas prices aren't really above the average though. We do have a lot of tourists driving in from CA, but once they get here, they isolate themselves to a two mile stretch of land...not much driving really goes on for them.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:23 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Denver gets a lot of tourists. Our gas prices seem lower than a lot of places' (about 3.95-3.99, but I wasn't out today).
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:28 PM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Rapid City gets loads of tourists. People come from all around to see Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and just the beautiful Black Hills. Our gas prices usually go up during the summer tourist season. Right now they're at about 4.19 and rising!

Not as bad as room rates though. Even cheapies like Motel 6 charge well over $90 per night during the summer!

This town lives for summer!
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:33 AM
Location: Kauai, HI
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I live in Kauai and practically our entire economy is centered on tourism.

Obviously people have to fly here and since the closure of both Aloha and ATA (and the increase in gas prices) airlines tickets have sky rocketed. This factor, along with the fact that people are more hesitant to vacation, is really harming the hospitality industry in the state. Fortunately for my property and Kauai, we are not being hit as hard as other islands. Oahu's tourism has been down for a bit (but it is still higher than the other islands, understandably) and Maui is really being hit badly. Our properties in Maui evidentially had to lay off a bunch of workers and are in a contingency plan. Still, our room rates are WAY down if you want to pay the price of a plane ticket!!
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:28 AM
Location: 602/520
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Scottsdale gets loads of tourists. 70 degree winters, world-class golf, the auto show, upscale shopping and dining on par with Beverly Hills and Manhattan, and world-class resorts and spas are some of the main attractors. Being in one of the fastest growing major metropolitan areas helps for tourism as well.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:35 PM
Location: SF Bay Area
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I live in a tourist town and usually starting around Memorial Day traffic along I-5 along the coast starts to get really bad and lasts through Labor Day, especially once the San Diego County Fair and Del Mar Races start. But it hasn't been that bad at all, even on Thu's and Fri's when it's horrible driving down the coast b/c of all the tourists that stream in during weekends. We get a huge influx of tourists from Arizona (Zonies) every summer but so far I haven't noticed as many AZ plates as usual. I think gas prices are definitely having an effect, a positive one for me, on traffic here and I think it has to do with less tourists.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:51 PM
Location: South Fla
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Our tourist season is usually Oct-May (snow-birds) so this is kind of a down time in that respect. However, we do have a lot of international travel and for Europeans and some South Americans, we are a vacation bargain. I guess a bad dollar is good for one thing.
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