Things Are Bad, Except Where They Aren't
Think no one's traveling these days, that we're all scaling back, setting our sights on day trips or worse -- staycations?
Even as millions of Americans are rethinking their commitment to the summer vacation, a small fraction of us are actually living it up like never before. These would be the super-rich, whom -- as you might have noticed -- haven't really felt the pinch of an economic downturn. But for a clearer picture of how this immunity is impacting the travel industry, consider yesterday's AP story by David Sharp.
There's the high-end tour company TCS Expeditions, for instance, "which offers tours via private jets" and "is sold out for 2008 and nearly sold out for 2009." (Don't worry, the "Around the World 2009" tour is still available at a price of just $64,950 per person -- double occupancy, of course.)
Sharp's article is full of such sign-of-the-times observations. Another one: Given the economy, you might think that the competition for rooms at budget hotels would be fierce. Actually, "occupancy rates are higher at the top-tier hotels like Ritz Carlton," according to the AP story.
And even as you contemplate a summer spent at the local public pool, there are others out there contemplating their options in the burgeoning field of space tourism.
Only in America, huh?
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