The headline in today's Upper Cape Codder reads ;
Gas prices didn't scare weekend visitors
The headline in today's Cape Cod Times reads,
Gas woes deflate holiday trade
Which is correct? It depends on whom you ask. The daily always asks the same people which is a form of wish fulfillment. If you read the both stories the weekly seems to have spent more time "on the street", and my own observations confirms their view.
The Labor Day weekend's business on Cape Cod was terrific everywhere I looked. I ate on the Main Street sidewalk in front of Alberto's Ristorante in Hyannis Sunday as I do every Sunday in season, weather permitting, and I have never seen more people on the street.
On Monday evening I expected to have no difficulty getting into a restaurant in Orleans, but every one I tried had a line out the door, and I tried them all, Barley Neck Inn, Land Ho, Rosina's, etc.
Only the room tax numbers will correctly confirm how business was here last weekend after the spike in gas prices. But as someone who's been involved in tourism here for over forty years, through four or five recessions and two gas boycotts, I assure you no one cancels a vacation in which they expect to spend a couple thousand dollars because the drive here will cost an extra $10 to $20 for gas.
Are YOU canceling your holidays this Fall?