GFD - Energy Crisis 1973

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GFD -  Energy Crisis 1973 - u THEBAYTOWNSUN Thursday/ Dtctmbtr V, 1973...
u THEBAYTOWNSUN Thursday/ Dtctmbtr V, 1973 Energy Crisis Halts Texas Tourism AUSTIN (AP) - Mention "energy crisis" to Texas tourism officials and they shudder. The gasoline shortage and allied woes have brought at least temporary halt to the spectacular growth of Texas' attraction to travelers throughout the nation. One source estimates the lower speed limit alone could cost the state's tourism industry $303 million the next year. If gas rationing comes along, the outlook is even bleaker. "Most people have not thought through what this actually means to Texas," said George Dillman of Richardson, chairman of the Texas Tourist Development Agency. "This crisis affects 13 per cent of the entire Texas labor force and affects an industry that has returned $113 for each dollar that has been spent on tourism." At a recent special meeting, the Tourist Development Agency board threw away all its optimistic plans for 1974 and instead adopted an ab breviated budget for part of the year that cut the January n e w s p a p e r a d v e r t i s i n g scheduled to $16,300 for key midwestern cities and Canada--where it is hoped they will find travelers who want to spend the winter in Texas' warmer climate. Through March and April, the agency will spend $121,541 on advertising in magazines directed at travelers in adjoining states who can get to Texas on one tank of gas. The board thought about but decided against canceling all new attraction for weekend tourists fearful of being stranded without gasoline because of gas station closings on Sunday. If a customer pay for lodging on Friday and Saturday nights then Sunday's lodging will be free of charge. The Corpus Christ! Area Tourist bureau argues that travelers can stay the extra night, get up a little earlier Monday morning and still get to work on time without worrying about the gasoline ban. Tourism officials still have high hopes for the convention visitors who. make up most of the other 15 per cent of Texas' tourists. There has been almost no cancellation of conventions for 1974 despite the energy crisis. Many of these visitors, who go mostly to Texas' largest cities, come by plane, train and bus. "W* will try to expand the attractions offered convention visitors " said Dillman. "Try to get them to stay a day longer and see some of the attractions just outside the big city, either by reiit car or public transportation. This is one of our alternatives." What if there is gasoline rationing? "There is no doubt that will hurt the family tourist business bad, the people load their family in the travel," says Dillman. "This is going to require more thought. Rationing almost certainly restrict any hope we might have for attracting meaningful numbers of visitors to Texas except from those who reside in m e d i a t e l y states." LOAD-UP or\THe*eMoney Sivrin£ Food ViiIvies Acepanos CUPONES PARA COUIDAl PRICES OPEN JAN. 710W. Main FIRST PRIZE DRIED BLACK EYE PEAS BORDCNS MELLORINE KLSEY BATHROOM TISSUE NESTlfS 3 CTN. 2 ROLL PUS. 2 LB. OLSH FRENCH ONION DIP . . . LIGHT CRUST CORN BREAD MIX CANADA DRY

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  1. The Baytown Sun,
  2. 27 Dec 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 15

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