LOGAN, Utah – Cache Valley tourism officials say a return to normal could be just around the corner.
Summer events and activities back to normal?
The bullish outlook comes after Governor Spencer Cox said all size and event gathering restrictions could be lifted within 3 to 4 weeks.
The Director of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, Julie Hollist-Terrill, spoke last summer about how canceled events and activities resulted in fewer people visiting the area.
“Like everywhere else, we have a lot to catch up on this season,” she said. “I spoke to one of our hotel operators and he said that our occupancy, the number of rooms currently being rented, is about 60% of their rooms. While they were in the high 80’s around that time last year. “
Hit the street
Fast forward a few months and Hollist-Terrill thinks about it This coming summer will be very different.
Their optimism is based not only on eased COVID-19 restrictions, but also on recent travel polls which found that the majority of people would like to take to the streets soon.
“I did some research, and the US Travel Association said that, of the surveying information they have, 9 out of 10 people in America have plans to travel,” she said was quoted in the Cache Valley Daily. “So people are ready to go and we just hope they get to Logan.”
She believes the chances of travelers getting to the area are even better when you consider that some people are still reluctant to fly across the country and opt for a road trip instead.
More exciting news for the local tourism industry was the announcement that their summer citizenship program is returning.
“We have had calls in our office every day from more than one person in Arizona asking questions, and some of the apartment complexes that summer residents live in are already full.”