: News

Travel Up, But Lengths Of Vacations Down

Play associated audio
D.C.-area residents are expected to travel in higher numbers over Memorial Day weekend than last year.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/minidriver/
D.C.-area residents are expected to travel in higher numbers over Memorial Day weekend than last year.

By Matt Bush

More D.C.-area residents were expected to travel this holiday weekend than last year, a sign the economy is rebounding, according to AAA.

Rick Meehan is the mayor of Ocean City, Maryland, a town he says has only one industry: tourism. Much of the town's revenue comes from a room tax applied to hotels and condominiums. And while the number of visitors to the city has gone up over the past two years, Meehan says the economic downturn still changed how that happened.

"The condos made an adjustment," he says. "Three or four years ago, they started to get more active in the 'mini-week' program, where you could book a condo for three or four days as opposed to a week. I think that went along with the changes in the way people travel."

As for this year, Meehan says their room tax revenue is ahead of what they collected at this time last year.

NPR

Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
NPR

He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
NPR

For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
WAMU 88.5

A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.