Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on September 18, 1963 · Page 22
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DUNKED SKUNK — Tcnyear- old Terry Moore watches proudly as her unusual pet, Putois, an eight-week-old skunk, paddles along behind her in Lake Winfield at Terryville, Conn. Putoii was found abandoned as a baby and was dcsccnted to make him socially acceptable. The spunky skunk loves to swim. Hotels and Restaurants Blame U. S. for Trade Loss fefesburg Register-Moil, Gofesburg, HI. Wednesday, Sepf. IS, 1963 21 NEW YOftK (AP )-Hotel and restaurant business fell drastically over much of the country during the first half of this year and many in the industry place much of the blame on Uncle Sam's tightened expense account tax deduction rules. Others said the new rules were just one of several factors responsible for the slide. Other factors cited: Confusion over the new regulations rather than the rules themselves. Overbuilding. Stricter rules imposed by private businessmen glad for an excuse to crack down on their own employes. Wide publicity on crime in some tourist centers, notably Washington, which discouraged some would-be visitors. In general the government now demands that businessmen show a closer tie between the expense involved and business activity, and that there be no lavish entertainment of customers or business associates. In New York City, expense account capital of the world, a spokesman for the hotel association said the rate of occupancy for the first seven months of 1963 was 65 per cent as against 70 per cent for the same period last year. The spokesman said total food sales in hotel-operated restaurants was down 11 per cent and banquet sales down 13.6 per cent from last year. He said the drop couldn't be ascribed to any particular source although the confusion and com- GOOD HEAD FOR STUNT PHOTO—Janice Shapou sweetens this trayful of grapefruit with a smile at Cypress Gardens, Pla. SUMMER SNOWSTORM?—No, that white stuff covering the landscape near Lake Michigan in Western Michigan wasn't dropped by a late (or early-early) blizzard. It's sand, and the roads are part of the spanking new Benton-Harbor.to-HoUaod Freeway, which was being readied for its opening to traffic. New Windsor Group Hears Corps Head NEW WINDSOR — Sargent Shriver, appointed head of the Peace Corps by President Kenner dy, «n4 wbo is ius hrotbeHarlaw, addressed the War Mothers who were holding the advisory council meeting Sept. 9-10 at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria. Mrs. Myrtle Thompson, delegate, and Mrs. Emil Johnson, alternate delegate from Unit 80 ox the War Mothers, were present plexity of rule and the record- Association keeping requirements of the new regulations contributed to the decline. New York City has 400 hotels doing $350 million to $375 million worth of business annually and a payroll of $150 million. A spokesman for the 3,500-menv ber New York State Restaurant said operators felt that the "very scare of the (expense account) regulations has brought an absolute ax to the restaurant business." In Washington, William Thomas Power, National Restaurant Association spokesman, said the restaurant business had improved slightly since the big drop in Jan­ uary and February, but Is still substantially below normal. Power said business will be off 10 per cent for the year and that this will mean a loss of $700 million to $1 billion in business. "The main deterrent at the moment," he added, "is confusion over the new rules." A Washington association of 36 hotels and motels said total business was off 7.6 per cent in June and off 6.2 per cent for six months. Bourbon Dawes of the Hotel Association of Washington said the main reason for the decline was "overbuilding." Seven hotels were added in the area in the past year. Total business was about the same as last year, he added, but the new places cut into receipts at the old. The Commerce Department has no figures on how the large, luxury-type hotels and restaurants are doing. The department sometimes uses figures of Horwath & Horwath of New York City, a private firm, in making predictions but does not publish the figures as its own. These figures show total hotel rooms occupied in the United States down 3.2 per cent in the first six months of this year, hotel restaurant sales down 3 .4 per cent, and all eating and drinking places - including hamburgl* 3 stands and coffee shops—up S .4; per cent. The National Restaurant Association said decreased sales resulting from the expense accotuit rules changes would not show Up in Commerce Department figure"* since only a very few "expense account" restaurants are included. The Commerce Department disputes this, contending any dte* crease would show up to some extent. 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