Saturday, November 14, 2009

RV snowbirds bring economic boost to Tucson Arizona

As the winter season settles in, so do our winter visitors. That means local restaurants may be busier, and shopping centers more packed. With all the extra business, it's a season that many local industries depend on.

"For about four months, we fill up completely," said George O'Leary, owner of Rincon Country RV Resort. O'Leary says only 20 percent of his RV spaces are occupied by year-round residents. He depends heavily on winter visitors for the bulk of his business. And this year, he's already off to a busy start.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "One day, ten rigs showed up without reservations, that was very nice to see that."

O'Leary says reservations for spaces this past month are up 25 percent compared to this time last year. And the spending impact of winter visitors doesn't stop there. "They're going to restaurants and buying cars and buying RV's."
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