The sun is a signal that
the wet spring and early summer weather is over. At least that is what the
state is banking on. Tourism officials say visitor spending accounts for $274.5
million in tax and fee revenue for Vermont. So, the governor Monday put the
call out not only to tourists, but to all of us.
"It's time now to get
out and enjoy summer," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont. "We need
Vermonters buying local, spending money, enjoying our recreational opportunities
because we did take a hit with the wettest May and June in the history of the
state and now it's time to enjoy."
That spending also
translates into jobs. The state says approximately 11.5 percent of all Vermont
jobs are in the hospitality and recreation sector.
"In particular, we
would love when you come to these areas to spend some money, because certainly
our vendors, retailers, shop owners, restaurants have suffered over the last
six to eight weeks and they certainly could use some expanded revenue. So,
anything you can do, come early, shop often, spend wisely but spend a lot,
thank you," said Tom Torti of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of
It is a message that
resonates across the state to various degrees. In Stowe, the local chamber of
commerce says some outdoor adventure businesses did suffer because of the rain,
but overall, so far their summer is right on track.
"We had a very big
balloon festival, big turnout for that this past weekend. July Fourth was very
large and we are totally full for our lacrosse weekend. In fact, we are putting
people in Burlington and other locations because we are out of rooms,"
said Ed Stahl of the Stowe Area Association.
And in a
that is a refreshing problem to
The wet weather also took
a bite out of visitors to Vermont's state parks. But the Commissioner of
Forests, Parks and Recreation says there is plenty of time left this summer to