Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 95
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 95

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
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**************·******* By Robert Lindsey A'cui Vorfc Service In Yellow: stone National Park rangers expect fewer people to stay longer. In San Diego, the hotels are trying to entice tourists from, Los Angeles, 100 miles away, instead.of Chicago, 1,800 miles away.y · In Phoenix, Arizonans are . being-implored to "See Arizona First" -- a plea not much different than that of the new York State Chamber of Commerce: "You don't have to/go away to get away."v "· ; ' '" ; · 7 Qii ; th'e ! eve of the nation's , ahhuaP Summer vacation -- ; iri a'-yiear of tenacious inflation; 6ff-cents-a-gallon gaso- iiriev -soaring air fares, re' cent memories of miles-long . gasoline'queues and fears they will reappear -- the multib'illion dollar tourist industry is ; gearing up for a change?.! · Americans, most people in the travel industry predict, will' altef-traditional travel and vacation goals this year. As"to v what the changes will be. 'the experts do not agree. But m a n y concur with · Ronald H. Walker, director of the National Park Service. who predicted recently. "This summer may reveal the greatest change in vacation patterns since World War-II. ? " · i Interviews by the New 'York Times in 15 cities across the 'country revealed the following pattern of vacation planning this year: ' ' »· Despite assurances by federal energy administration officials thSt there .: should not ;be,severe.;gasoline shortages, many people remain skeptical and are making plans on the basis that shortages will persist. Higher gasoline prices are also deterring long highway tours. ..···· " . - - . " · · ·.-··: Many, more people than , in the past are planning highway trips to relatively close parks and resorts, within 100 to 300 miles of their home^a trend that promises to mean crowding of facilities near urban areas and plenty of room at more distant spots, such as Florida or the Rocky Mountains. · *· Large numbers of families appear ready to-stay put at one spot during their vacations, reducing long stop- and-go, -gasoline-dependent sightseeing;tours.. , . · Many families.indicate they will;take shorter yaca- ··· tions becau.seyof ;inflatin, : which-has raised vacation ·costs, by up"to.-10 per .cent ' since last : year. Inflation is also expected to increase low-cost camping vacations, especially at parks near urban areas, .if campers can find room. · Substantial increases in international air fares, coupled with infaltion abroad that has caused the cost of a European vacation to jump by up to 40 per cent during the last two years, are discouraging trans-Atlantic vacations. A .last minute surge of bookings hopes for by airlinersTias not appeared as yet. Conversely, domestic air fare increases do not appear to be discouraging travel as much, apparently in part because of. the trend that emerged during the worst of the gasoline shortage, a shift of motorists to airplanes, trains and buses. ' ·· Travel agents say that ' s while advance bookings to Europe are lagging, they are up strongly to Hawaii, Mexico and Caribbean spots. "With the gas situation better; people will be out in full, force, but because of the price qf .the gas,they won't go far away," said William official of the . Washington State Parks System, which operates 172 parks where attendance has dropped this year. "Either parks- will be ov- "erly crowded, or have no crowd at all; depending on their location, because gas costs so much for-families to do a lot of driving." he add-ed. "We don't anticipate a lot of qut-of-state Visitors this summer," said James Saunders, superintendent of the Everglades National Park in Florida; "but, we've noticed a marked increase of Floridians coming to camp on weekends.'' ·· Michael. Frucci, executive -secretary of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce noted a somewhat similar pattern there. He said advance booking indicated more New Englanders were planning visits this summer than usual, and he expected them to "stay in one place they HAVEN INN MOTEL n* MSTAUtANT JIUt.Oc«.nVi.w, »,,.. NOirOLK,VA.33Sll 'twit 703/1*3-45*6 V.S. HT. till. On ClH-apt-atr Bav. Sal*-. Clfan Kanuiy lltarh. Kl.l.KN HAU. M;;r i l n u n lihwlU-ld) ********.***:» CttAA*±l ^ ·4'KA* FHttCT MVTKI. i Buckroc Beach. Va. Fishing Swimming ' Dancing Amusements^ Adults'Pwl Children - u SANSS01KI MOTEL 312 Kesort Blvd. Bucknw Beach. Va.2W4 FwRnervttiaMCill . A , .PHONEWM/15I4SOO. 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One survey, made during March and April by the Conference Board, a New York business research group, indicated that 38.7 per cent of the families polled planned a summer vacation, ·down from 45 per cent a year before, but up from 37 per cent in February. Of the families that planned trips, 28^6 per.cent said they would be by auto, compared with 36.7 per cent a year earlier. The number planning vacations by air increased to 9.5 per cent from 8,2 per cent. *· To many, inflation ap- · pears to be almost as important as the gasoline situation in shaping vacation plans, according to specialists, who .make their living fronrtour- ism. /"" ."' "People's money just isn't going to go as far this year, and I suspect a lot of peopel are going to cut corners because they d o n ' t know what's 'happening to the economy." said Ms. Sheila Johnston, a motel manager in Southern California. Mrs. Arlene Ullman. a real estate agent in the resort community of Montauk on eastern Long Island, sajd the annual rush to rent summer homes was sluggish this year. "And people are renting for shorter periods of time," she said. "1 think it's due to the economic situation rather than the gas situation." er than the gas situation." Noting that the National Park Service expected fewer visitors at the nation's largest park, Yellowstone, Tony Beninetto, a park ranger, added that those who did come would remain longer. "The idea of 10 national . parks and Disneyland in two weeks is out," he said. "There's no gas shortage," he asserted, "But the 52-to- 64--cents-a-gallon price means that the guy with a Winnebago motor home that : gets four miles to the gallon will be looking for a vacation with minimum mileage." Economy and Luxury for Ywr Comfort Pkawre ECOMOLUX INN RESTAURANT 7950 Shore Drive NORFOLK, W. 23518 Phone 804/5874781 '. · Color TV * Queen Size Beds · Water Beds · Steam . 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