What are your expectations for the coming tourism season?
Published May 1, 2001 | May 2001 issue
We're still pretty open because we don't get bookings until late
spring. Business hasn't been as busy as it could because of the
mismanagement of the [Missouri] river by the Army Corps of Engineers.
They let the water out of the river. The North Dakota tourism industry
is a $93 million industry. We're losing out to a $7 million barge
Bosch's BaysideLinton, N.D.
We're guardedly optimistic. There are certain things beyond our
controlthe economic slowdown and the fact that tourism is
a discretionary expenditure. If we're similar to last summer, we'll
be okay. Last summer's gas prices affected us. The state, overall,
did okay but visitors to Yellowstone declined. We haven't had moisture,
so fires are a concern again. Even with the fires last year, we
still had our second best year in history. ... We have no reason
not to be hopeful.
Matthew Cohn, Director
Travel MontanaHelena, Mont.
It looks like it may be the same as last year, which was down
because of the [July 1999] storm. Our outfitting [guided trips]
is virtually nonexistent since the storm, and the camping and lodging
rentals have been down about one quarter since then.
Susan Jankovich, Assistant Manager
Nor'Wester Lodge and CampgroundsGrand Marais, Minn.
We aren't booked up, but we're getting quite a few reservations.
It looks like it's going to be a good season. Maybe that's just
wishful thinking, but we hope it's going to be anyway. We're booking
at about the same rate as last year, and we're filled up the second
week in August because of that motorcycle rally [in Sturgis].
Alice Baysinger, Owner
Badlands Interior CampgroundInterior, S.D.
We're expecting a phenomenal spring and summer. Michigan State
University recently announced their forecast, projecting people
to be doing a lot of traveling within the statewe hope to
benefit from that. It's a benefit to have our target and loyalty
markets within a couple of hours drive. ... With all of the extra
snow we've had this year it should be a spectacular season for waterfalls.
Victoria Wagner, Executive Director
Marquette Country ConventionMarquette, Mich.
It's about the same as last year. We're booked solid from May
through August. Not a single opening. Everyone booked for this year
at the end of their stay last summer.
Jarold Welter, Owner
Four Seasons Hotel and ResortHayward, Wis.