?With many would-be vacationers expected to stay close
to home again this summer, many regional parks, museums and
other attractions are planning on a relatively healthy
season in 2009.
According to reports, this prediction was influenced by
similar results last year, when local theme park attendance
remained steady, due in part to rising gas prices. With
fuel costs now lower, the recession has stepped in to make
families consider staying closer to home again. Smaller
cities, which can offer lower admission prices on
attractions, are seeing the benefit from the trend. Some
travel agencies specializing in package summer trips have
seen inquiries fall as much as 30 percent.
Additionally, a recent Allstate poll on consumer
spending indicated nearly half of those polled plan to cut
back on their travel plans this year.