Tourists in the U.S. have enjoyed an unprecedented boost in travel spending thanks to the economic recovery, and there are several reasons for this, including the resurgence of a classic American tourist destination: Antelope Canyon.
But it turns out there’s a second reason, and that’s not tourism alone: the economic downturn.
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economy is booming, the number of Americans who qualify for government-subsidized housing is at its lowest level in almost two decades, according to data released this week by the U:The trend has also hurt the quality of many Antelope tours, according with the American Association of Realtors.
For every dollar that’s spent on lodging, visitors pay $1.50, a loss of $1, said AAR CEO David Hochberg.
And many tour companies, especially in the West, have cut back on tours because of the economic slowdown.
The U.K. also has seen a drop in foreign visitors and the U’ s GDP is growing faster than the U .”s.
That may explain why the U is experiencing its highest number of tourists in decades, but many U.s. tourists are struggling with low-paying jobs, unemployment, and the impact of the recession on the country, Hochburger said.
While Antelope is the largest national park in the United States, the majority of tourists there are not visiting it, and many tour operators have cut down on their trips, Hohberg said.
He said that, in particular, many of the smaller tour companies have struggled with the economic crunch and the lack of income they receive from tours.
Tourists in Utah are also feeling the economic hit.
“It’s not just the Antelope Valley,” Hochburg said.
“It’s the rest of the U and the rest the world.
People are going to see the Rockies, but they’re going to go to the Grand Canyon.”
There are some exceptions to the trend.
One of the biggest tour operators is the British tour company, Camelot Tours, which is offering some of the cheapest tours of the country.
Its tours are typically cheaper than Antelope, but the U .s. tour industry is shrinking, and Camelot doesn’t offer tours to the rest.
“Antelope Canyon, with its scenic backdrop, is a truly special destination and a very special place for the people of Utah,” said Jim McPherson, the company’s director of tours.
“So we are excited to be working with the U.’s Tourism Department to make Antelope a more attractive and more enjoyable place to visit.”
Hochberg said that Camelot tours is working with its partners, like the Association of American Realtor, to help get more people to Antelope.
In addition to offering discounts, he said that the company will offer a number of additional programs that will benefit tour operators.
“We are working to increase awareness of the tourism and economic impact of Antelope,” he said.
In the meantime, it’s unclear if any tour operators are going as far as to cut back or scale back their tours in the future.
It’s also unclear what the economic impact will be on tourists and other businesses in the region.
Hochburg, who has spent his entire career in the tourism industry, said that he’s excited to see how tourism will impact tourism in the next few years.
“What we are seeing is a revival of our local economies,” he added.
“And the next two years will be really interesting.”–Follow Matt Larkin at: facebook.com/matt.larkin,twitter.com/_mattlarkin