The U.S. travel and tourism industry is on pace for a record-setting year. Are you experiencing an increase?

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Our july is up but our August is definately down so its swings and roundabouts. Have a feeling August will pick up but right last minute.

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I'm in Canada so the article doesn't apply to me but I will say I see a big decrease in guests from the UK and Europe. Not surprising, I suppose, considering the EU economy and the olympics in London, but a bit disheartening.

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I guess I have to chime in here about the Euros. Not seeing a big decrease. We probably average about 5-6 Euro reservations/month in season and we're still seeing that. Of course, if you're used to 20-30, then 5-6 wouldn't sem like much.

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Euros are as usual for me as a Vanderbilt at a hoedown or Jed Clampett at the opera.

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We are also used to the Europeans staying longer. 4 days to a week isn't that unusual. 

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

We are also used to the Europeans staying longer. 4 days to a week isn't that unusual. 

This Saturday I have FIVE one night stays. None of them o/s, most from within 3 hours of here. Our most expensive room is still open, maybe a two nighter will take it.

I will try not to complain, but dang, come on people, at least stay the blinkin' weekend. It is the first time EVER we have zero bookings on a Friday and all on Saturday, and like this. 

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Oh, plenty of sympathy.... I have never had an empty weekend room in July ever. I have two empty rooms at the moment. It's the pits around here!

 

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We've been filling up on odd nights. Monday? But not Saturday?

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So far this week I have been full Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm of the day seems to have just finished so we shall see in about 2 hours what tonight will bring. Fri/Sat is the every 4-years reunion for the old high school. So far NOTHING!

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I have been getting 2-rooms for 1 night calling after 7 PM when they find all the hotels are full. It would not be so bad if they would have breakfast some time after 7 - this morning wanted breakfast at 7 and came down at 8 and other than putting food on the plate and drinking OJ, do not think they ate anything. As JB says, they stay, they pay, they go away. This one was cash! No cc fees!!! The night before had cc fees - at least THEY were on time for breakfast and ate it! Laundry on the line (hoping rain holds off) and I am ready for a nap!

Bless those of you with large inns! I have had my admiration for a long time but now I am in awe that you do it yourself - every day!!!

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We have one weekend coming up where it is a whole house check out Sat and Sun. I hate those weekends.

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We don't usually get the longer stays. 1-2 nights.

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I agree with you. A BIG decrease in Europeans visiting this year.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I agree with you. A BIG decrease in Europeans visiting this year.

I guess it should not be unexpected, but it's still amazing to see the headlines played out in real life like this.

Best wishes to Europe. I want them to come visit my hills! (Borrowed from Kathleen and West Virginia, but just as true for my beloved Ozarks, which plate tectonics split off from Kathleen eons ago...or should I say that Appalachia split off from us!)

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I agree, your Ozarks are almost as pretty as my hills, The reason the Rockies are higher than we are is because we are older and more worn down - life does have a way of doing that!

I have been in your hills may times, Arkie. M-i-l lived in Hot Springs for years and then in Eureka Springs - back in the days before beautiful Branson became BRANSON. Love the Ralph B Foster Museum. Best thing in Branson. Sis-i-l still lives in Eureka.

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 Same, same, same...it always amazes me how consitant our bottom line is.  No matter what happens, we are always +/- 5% of our usual for the year.  So far, we are right on target.

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I'm definitely getting a lot more Canadians, but no Europeans or Asians. The article also states that U.S. travelers will/have increased.

I'm not so convinced that B&Bs follow the same travel trends as hotels.

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While it is better than last year, it is not due to this international campaign they are touting.  I would guess that I have had less than a dozen International tourists this year and while more than last, it is no where near where it once was. 

As for in general, last year was worse than even our start up year, there was no where to go but up or close the doors!

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 With this heat? With derecho and madness with no power multi-state wide, uh nope. In fact, had the worst June on record, but did have a really good May~

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While I have better revenue this year (and occupancy), none of it is due to the reasons cited in the article. Mine is due to the deal I cut with a university to house their students doing rotations, the Marcellus Shale boom in my area - things like that. 

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This was in the PAII newsletter today.

U.S. travel and tourism on pace to set spending record


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