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Two thirds of Americans plan on shortening or canceling this summer vacation according to Rand McNally.
From four dollar gallon gasoline to concerns about job security travel is taking a back seat.
-- take a big bite out of the State's economies that lure visitors but some states are working hard to keep people from leaving.
Here would be tells our -- watching the executive director of Oklahoma's tourism and recreation department.
Nancy Landers the directive I was tourism office and Thomas -- chief marketing officer of empire state development in New York.
Welcome all comes I want to start with you what is New York doing to keep people from leaving New York you know they have a lot of options -- -- Jersey -- -- go to Pennsylvania what do you do.
Well governor Paterson just reinvested in -- we increase the budget for tourism or 50% in the last two years and we just re launched the -- -- New York campaign.
Because we want people to see there's another reason to stay in New York this summer.
We're actually this summer got the best reason of -- deals and discounts were offering a third night -- and over 215.
And 20% off Amtrak if you don't want to get the car.
Party in Oklahoma is a high price of gasoline -- sixty helping you keep people close to home.
Yes I think so I think everybody's looking a little closer and all marketers are looking at keeping people a little closer to home it's not necessarily in state though we can look at it 300 mile radius so that's good for -- in places like Dallas or work.
Wichita and some of the surrounding markets that still brings and outside dollars to our economy.
Nancy Iowa you off the -- of my -- isn't one of those tourist destinations that I may be may be looking to go visit what are you doing to keep people.
-- up in Iowa and also attract people from other surrounding states.
We have just completed a seven week electronic campaign in the Chicago market.
Illinois as our number one market in terms of out of state visitors and we want to be very top of mind and it's a great value to travel in the state of Iowa.
If is this -- -- young gasoline helping you.
And in the cause you know first quarter this year we have the best results we exceeded the national average in the city and across the state in terms of occupancy and in terms of revenue per per room.
And we had a strong Memorial Day weekend so we're not seeing yet travelers are planning within two weeks so it's hard to know mentally -- now.
But right now we're remaining optimistic and -- focused on driving people Tyler you know New York dot com some people get these discounts and and -- Iraq this summer.
Party are you spending more or less this year on advertising.
But we -- actually spending a little bit more this year we're really working hard drive people to our website and that's where they can really go deep and learn about some of the special packages and offers that we have.
And when we learned through CIA that one -- six Americans who receive the stimulus package rebate.
Would indeed use that money on travel we designed some special itineraries and -- is.
To meet that 600 dollar or that 12100 dollar threshold and we're getting really strong results from that -- Memorial Day -- strong and our visitation and our attractions that we.
That we talk with every week are still strong.
Nancy talked to -- about that stimulus check is a healthier economy as well.
Yes I think people are looking for value we know that they're going to travel.
But they're probably going to make some different decisions as far as how far they're gonna travel where they're gonna stay where they're gonna eat.
And we need to be top of mind and get them to travel I would dot com so that they can research what they're going to see in -- in the state.
-- Thomas we've been talking a lot -- higher airfares -- prices going up across the board is that does that help or hinder you while you -- eighty million people live within three.
To five hours of New York State that's one tank of gas we've got Canadians across our border with a lower exchange -- now driving people down to New York.
We've got international folks coming in record numbers because of the exchange rate so.
That right now that's not hurting us and -- we want the domestic market locally to focus on exploring New York this summer.
Getting in the car or taking Amtrak 20% off you can get and get on the train they -- needed to spend money on gas right.
-- -- ask you put question now a lot of -- the high price of oil benefits a couple of state like Oklahoma are you seeing that -- translate into higher tourism dollars.
Absolutely it gives us more money to be able to spend it so it actually benefits our economy and we enjoy some of the lowest gas prices in the country are average this morning is three dollars and eighty cents a gallon.
But again that infusion of energy -- -- really helps us.
To upgrade the facilities and things that we offer so our economy and in fact Forbes is called Oklahoma City the most recession proof city in America.
And Nancy I want to jump -- -- you also the high price of corn farmers must be making a lot of money does that translate into -- tourism dollars for Iowa.
It does and we too -- I'm seeing 389 for ethanol in the state of Iowa so that's helpful it still gives people a reason to get up and travel.
All right listen I want to thank all three -- thanks for coming up thanks for getting up early in the midwest you guys.
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