Monday, January 05, 2009

Early reservations are harbinger of tourist season

Brunswick Times Record - ME, United States
BATH — On Friday, the first business day of the new year, the management staff of Hermit Island Campground began its annual tradition of sifting through a pile of reservation requests that had been collecting by mail for weeks.

Similar cold weather projects face campground owners all across the state as they begin booking sites for the warmer months on the horizon. The process offers an early — albeit unscientific — sign of how Maine's crucial summer tourism season will pan out.

With the state and national economies still staggering, a rebound in summer traffic could bring a much-needed injection of spending money to local markets. But for Hermit Island, the first sign of summer Friday was lukewarm.
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