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Does Snowy Winter Help Or Hurt Ocean City Tourist Economy?

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Some business owners don't expect beaches to stay empty in Ocean City for very long this summer.
Some business owners don't expect beaches to stay empty in Ocean City for very long this summer.

Some coastal businesses in Maryland are concerned that the rough winter and numerous school closings will have an adverse impact on the beginning of the summer tourist season this year.

Logic would argue that if you endure a gnarly winter and the kids have to make up a bunch of snow days, the average family’s summer plans are going to be pushed back a bit. That’s why many coastal businesses are worried June will be just as unforgiving as winter was this year, even though Ocean City has taken great strides to help out summer’s most mellow month by putting on both the Dew Tour and the Air Show.

But as Jon Tremellen of the Princess Royale and Princess Bayside hotels in Ocean City explains, logic has pretty much been thrown out the window in recent years and it has as more to do with consumer trends than it does with the weather.

“Every year for the past five if not seven, the booking window has been shorter and shorter for the summer season," Tremellen says.

That’s because people are looking for those last minute deals on the internet, which has driven down the length of stay for tourists to only 2 or 3 days on average, when historically families used to plan well advance for a week long vacation.

Even so, Tremellen believes the spring season will be better at the beach this year, as he says the perfect cure for cabin fever is your toes in the sand.

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