Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Labor Day Vacation spending to be up this year

Here at the Terra Cotta Inn, we too feel the pent up demand for Labor Day getaways. Our guests have ALL taken extra time off of work then and are stay from 4 nights to 2weeks over Labor Day.

Of course we are the only nudist resort in the western US that caters to couples on vacations, so it is only logical that we will be busy.

Here's the story:

...Capping a rough stay-cation summer for the tourism business, the American Automobile Assn. estimated that about 39.1 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home between the Thursday and Monday of Labor Day weekend -- down 6 million, or 13.3%, from last year's holiday traveler tally. It's also the first decline since 2006.

About 4.7 million Californians will travel over the weekend, off 13% from 5.4 million last year, AAA said.

... Vacationing more cheaply and closer to home has been popular in Southern California, said Carol Martinez, a spokeswoman for LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

..."People are looking at shorter-distance trips more nowadays because it's usually not as expensive," Martinez said. "One of our leading visitor markets right now is San Francisco, and we've begun to market more within the region and the state because of that."

...While fewer people are expected to travel this coming holiday weekend, 2009 should still produce the third busiest Labor Day weekend this decade, trailing only 2008 and 2003, AAA said.

Hotel consultant David Brudney sees pent-up demand for pleasure travel and thinks AAA's estimates may be conservative.

"There's no question about it," said Brudney, an independent hotel consultant based in Carlsbad. "I think we're going to have a better demand for Labor Day rooms than is expected right now, across the board, all segments of hotels."

The reason? People feel entitled to a vacation, he said.

"I still believe vacations, if they're mini or full blown, are something people stick to," Brudney said. "They feel like they deserve it. They might think, 'We didn't do it in July, we didn't do it in August, so let's do it now.' "

... "They're trying to win back customers and for them, right now, it's all about those two things -- price and value."

...A sign of a growing belief that the country's economy is beginning to rebound can be seen in how much travelers are willing to spend; AAA's report said 80% of the surveyed travelers said they're planning to spend more this year on their Labor Day trip than last year.

Travelers also should be motivated by gasoline prices, which are down compared with this time last year. The U.S. average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.633 on Wednesday, $1.05 less than a year ago, according to the AAA's daily Fuel Gauge Report.

"Our forecast shows Labor Day travel will be up over this summer's Fourth of July holiday, and that's a positive sign," AAA Chief Executive Robert L. Darbelnet said.

Only 4% of travelers are expected to fly to their destination, while an estimated 84% will drive, the auto club said.

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