So-so Summer, but Chamber and National Park visits are up

Cape Cod wrapping up slow summer tourism season
"Restaurants indicated July was really, really tough. We saw a lot more people grocery shopping." - Wendy Norcross, CC Chamber

Summer 2006 has been a mediocre season for much of Cape Cod's tourism industry, with blame being placed on everything from rain to high gas prices and a slew of Portuguese man-of-war sightings.

"People can't walk with ice cream cones in the rain," said Mike Lyons, owner of the Ben & Jerry's franchise in Hyannis. "As soon as that wet weather came, that's just something you can't fight."

Measurable precipitation was recorded on 32 days from June through August in Hyannis, compared with 16 during the same three months last year. June was the rainiest, with 14 days of measurable rain.

Traffic across the Bourne and Sagamore bridges leading to Cape Cod was down 4 percent in June and 3 percent in July compared with the same months last year, according to the state Executive Office of Transportation.

Travel to the islands on Steamship Authority ferries was also down. As of Aug. 14, there were 353 fewer passengers aboard boats to Martha's Vineyard compared with last year, and 2,505 fewer passengers to Nantucket...

The story goes on to say that visits to the Cape Cod Chamber's information Centers were up 17% and the Cape Cod National Seashore Park reported visits up 20% which is especially odd if bad weather caused the cape's loss of business. Read the rest of this MetroWest story here, and comment below. 

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