Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rising fuel costs sparking many stateside travel promotions

Rising fuel costs are certainly a major factor in keeping people close to home. The overall state of our economy isn’t helping either. Not to mention the exchange rate between the U. S. dollar and foreign currencies. Even Canada is no longer a bargain.

Recognizing this, with a little research on the internet, you can find discounts and promotions for many cities in the U.S. Destination DC, which markets tourism for the nation’s capital, has special offers for 3-night weekend stays. There are special 2-night packages at gophila.com. And the Aspen Chamber of Commerce has promos for visitors of 2 nights or more.

You’ll find “All-American Offers” at Travelocity and discounts off U.S. destinations at Expedia.

Rising airfare is going to be the big challenge this summer. You can offset the rising cost of airfare by heading to a destination that is offering deep discounts. For instance, with the opening of a bunch of new hotel rooms, Las Vegas is now a great place to look for a bargain. You can easily find rooms at Bally’s, Harrah’s or the Mirage for under $100/night.

Think out of the box. Check out ski resorts for summer promotions. Look at the Myrtle Beach area. Seem strange as this is definitely a summer vacation spot? The key here is that the area has added, over the last 5 years, nearly 12,000 new rooms with the construction of many oceanfront condominiums. Like Las Vegas, new rooms helps to keep the prices down as the hotels and rentals compete for tourism dollars.

And keep an eye out for gas rebates. Some drive-to destinations, knowing the impact of the high gas prices on their customers, are offering gas rebates based upon various criteria. For instance, Inn at Lake Joseph in Forestburgh, NY has a promotion in place for guests who stay at least two night.

Resources:
www.washington.org
www.gophila.com/summerfun
www.aspenchamber.org
www.expedia.com/summersale
www.travelocity.com
www.ski.com
www.lakejoseph.com

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