Local officials say summer tourism was up

Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer, and officials with their finger on the pulse of local tourism say this summer season was successful. "We are still waiting to finalize our numbers for the 2011 summer season,' said Marci Cisneros, executive director of the Grand Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau. "However, all the indicators in regards to lodging show we could be up as much as 3 percent from last summer, which was up 4 percent from 2009.'
Alex Doty
Sep 8, 2011


According to Cisneros, an increase in lodging usually indicates an increase in overall economic impact. However, sometimes factors like weather and consumer confidence can interfere with that trend.

The summer tourism season pumps millions of dollars into the local economy, Cisneros said.

“Last year, we estimated $28 million of travel-related expenses for the Grand Haven area for the months of June, July and August,” Cisneros said. “We anticipate this summer season will generate just over $30 million in total economic impact.”

Additionally, she said this past July could top the record-breaking July of 2010.

Despite the down economy, it was noted that people are still going out and traveling.

“Families are still traveling and hold onto their vacation plans,” Cisneros said. “Discretionary spending, overall, may still be down a bit — but we have been on a modest upward swing since 2009.”

Dana Kollewehr, executive director of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, said indications from local businesses in the downtown area have been positive about the summer season.

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