The cold weather and heavy snowfalls that have recently blanketed the northeastern portions of the country may be an unpleasant fact of life to many, but for those who help people book vacations to a warmer climate, they are a welcome sight. For them, business is booming.
Travel agents in these areas are hoping for a bumper year, with one in the Boston area telling reporter Laila Kearney of Reuters news that calls to his office have increased by 30-40% over the last month. People are eager to book vacations to warm places like the Bahamas, Mexico, and Australia in an attempt to escape the bitter cold and snow.
There has also been a surge in the number of people who are choosing to extend their trip down south so that they can continue to avoid the bad weather back home.
All of this is good news for the agents who book vacations, as well as the firms who provide services such as catalog printing and also stationery printers, as there is an increased demand for them to produce the travel brochures that show sunny spots and tempt people to take a trip to the enjoy the warmer climate.
While the heavy snow can be good for the travel business, it can also mean that businesses need to be well organized and prepare for adverse conditions. For example, in Boston, the six feet of snow that has fallen has resulted in the airport having to close several times, but quick responses have minimized inconvenience.