08 May 2015

Last Dead show drives up hotel rooms

If you want to see the "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 years of the Grateful Dead" shows at Chicago's Soldier Field 3, 4, or 5 July 2015, I hope you got your tickets.

Likewise try to book a hotel in the area.  Many are booked and if not, charging an arm and a leg for a room during the hottest show in town.

Gone are the days (get it), when deadheads would camp out in the VW Microbus for a show.  Deadheads are now middle aged and have comfortable incomes.  So the hotel amenities are just one of the things people want.

Almost 2,000 seats are still available for the Saturday show, starting at a couple hundred bucks for the nose bleed section of the 70,000 seat stadium.  The first seat that has a few goes for $500.  Upgrade to a suite if you care.

My first Dead show was in 1976 and I paid $10.

06 May 2015

Graduation Tourism

Across the country, college graduations are celebrating the latest bunch of students finishing higher education.  And with the ceremony, come mom and pop, grand parents, spouses girl friends or boy friends as all of the people descend into the towns that host an institution of higher learning.

What kind of impact does that have on hotels restaurants, campus bookstores selling t-shirts?  And what about traffic jams.

This is an example of impacts of short term tourism.  The best thing for people living in college towns may be the quiet the summer brings.  The shot is from last year's WSU Graduation.

05 May 2015

Casino Wars!

MGM is building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts and the Connecticut Casinos are sweating "arrows" (get it?).  Anyway, a satellite casino is an option for northern Connecticut in the Hartford area or north.  Some sites are concerned about traffic (no kidding), but the chance of having two casinos 30 miles apart will certainly be exciting.

Place your bets.

03 May 2015

Trends in Tourism

There is a cool graphic site found at the World Travel and Tourism Council at this link, that illustrates the trends in visitor exports (foreign spending ) as a percentage of exports. The green circles have different shades of green to represent growth or decline of this spending.  For example here is the one for the British Virgin Islands.

Seems my visit to the Islands of the World XII Conference 2012, “Globalisation: Islands Adapting To Change”, The Virgin Islands (British), 29 May – 1 June, 2012 was during the upswing?

Here is the key for the graphic.

29 April 2015

West Springfield Open Space and Recreation Plan

Residents are invited to provide input on open space and recreation in West Springfield, Massachusetts and can complete an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WestSpringfieldOSRP

28 April 2015

Wisdom found on a road trip

When you do d road trip, there is a lot of time to ponder life.  I really like this quote from Emily Post who recommended to avoid making snap judgments.

“Unless you can stay in a city long enough to know some of its people, to learn something about its atmosphere and personality, your opinion of it is as valueless as your opinion of a play would be, after seeing only the posters on the outside of the theater.” (Post)

Read more in her bookBy Motor to the Golden Gate.