Summer Tourism Outlook Survey Shows Trend Toward Last Minute Travel

first_imgSummer Tourism Outlook Survey Shows Trend Toward Last Minute TravelA survey of Vermont Chamber of Commerce travel and tourism members conducted in the past week shows that the majority of businesses are expecting a positive summer season with many last minute reservations.A total of 70% of respondents are looking forward to a business season that is the same or better than last summer: 30% of respondents said business is looking better than last year, while 40% said that they expect the summer 2005 season to be on par with last summer.Factors contributing to travel and tourism members assessment of the upcoming summer season include: a healthy economy and a sense of optimism among travelers, marketing efforts, and group tour reservations. Events and the perception of Vermont as a destination state also contribute to bringing visitors here, according to travel and tourism members. Those surveyed cited taxes, the burden of regulation, and costs as a continuing draw on business.Half the lodging businesses surveyed believed that advanced bookings are indicative of how business will be this summer. Survey data indicated that the lead time for bookings is becoming less of an indicator for success; only 39% of all accommodations are reserved with 2-3 months lead time. Factors contributing to the perception of a trend toward less lead time, from lodging businesses perspective, include weather predictions and the widespread use of the internet.Respondents say Vermont visitors come chiefly from within the drive market: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. Visitors also are drawn to Vermont from the Midwest and California.While Canadians account for 2.33 million trips made by visitors or 18% of all visits to Vermont, only 20% of the total respondents felt that the current relative strength of the Canadian dollar will impact business this summer. However, the number of travel and tourism members located north of Route 4 who felt the strong Canadian dollar would have a positive impact on business totaled 32%, or 12% higher than the statewide average. Meanwhile, a total of 32% of respondents thought the strong Euro would contribute to a positive business season although 47% of respondents from the Things to See and Do category thought the Euro would help this summer.The number of respondents totaled 127, or 17% of travel and tourism members who received the survey. Vermont Chamber travel & tourism members comprise the following: Lodging (B & Bs, Cabins, Campgrounds & Camping, Cottages, Country Inns, Hotels/Motels, Lodges, Real Estate-Rental Properties, Reservation Services, Resorts, Vacation Rentals); Restaurants; Shopping and Retail; and Things to See and Do (Art, Galleries & Workshops, Attractions, Golf & Golf Courses, Maple Products/Producers, Museums, Music, Recreation, Ski Areas, Theaters).###last_img read more

Regional pollster urges Caribbean governments to accommodate dual citizenship holders

first_img Share Peter WickhamA regional pollster has made a call to Caribbean governments urging them to “delete” the laws in their constitutions which disqualify dual citizenship holders from sitting in parliament. Political Scientist and Director of the Caribbean Development Research Services, Peter Wickham, who replaced former Barbadian prime minister Owen Authur as guest speaker at the Dominica Labour Party’s delegates conference on Sunday, noted his concern about these laws which seek to stand in the way of willing citizens to contribute to their country’s development.Several Caribbean islands including Dominica and Barbados have provisions in their laws which disqualify citizens who possess dual citizenship.In some instances as is the case in Dominica, there is an exception for citizens who obtained dual citizenship through their parents as a child.“I must tell you that I worry about us in the Caribbean region sometimes because I worry about the fact that in most state instances we have not reviewed our fundamental laws once or twice at best if at all. I worry that we are afraid to delete from our constitutions the provision that would allow Dominicans holding dual citizenship to hold office and I notice that this is a particularly controversial issue,” Wickham said.Wickham sought to make it “abundantly clear” that he was not speaking on anyone’s behalf or seeking to “throw stones” at Dominica’s constitution, as his country Barbados has the same law. He noted a difference in Barbados however; “that provision is observed but breached more than anything else” as he said they have had “several members of parliament and a prime minister that held dual citizenship and it’s not an issue for anyone”. “The reality however is that I do not think that these types of laws have any place in a modern constitution in the Caribbean and a constitution that appreciates the reality of life, where there are several people that find themselves in these situations through no fault of their own, or alternatively through fault of their own but with very good reason”. According to Wickham, regional heads must realize that these laws must be “dealt with” and changes made. He complimented the Dominica Labour Party on being one of the few political parties which have increased its mandate at the polls after two successive terms in office as well as increasing its popular vote margin each time.Wickham also complimented them for fulfilling their manifesto promises but challenged them to go even further in their development plans for the country“I have read your manifesto and believe that you have made progress in relation to achieving those goals. I believe your performance in the last election is such that you can attempt to pursue a mission that may very well be outside of the initial plan but is more or less necessary”.He suggested that they should embark upon a program “to enhance governance not just because it is a buzz word in global politics but because governance is necessary and governance is chief and also because it seems as though this party is doing fairly well in relation to constructural developments already”.Dominica Vibes News 25 Views   no discussions LocalNews Regional pollster urges Caribbean governments to accommodate dual citizenship holders by: – May 21, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more