Your Money: Weather affecting Portland tourism


SUMMER SPENDING CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON TOURISM. IN YOUR MONEY, WMTW NEWS 8’S MEGHAN TORJUSSEN TALKS WITH THE PORTLAND REGIONAL CHAMBER’S C-E-O ABOUT THE CHALLENGES — AND SUCCESSES SO FAR THIS YEAR. CHRIS HALL, WITH THE PORTLAND REGIONAL CHAMBER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING, THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF TOURIST SEASON – SO HOW ARE WE DOING THIS YEAR? THIS TIME CAN REALLY MAKE OR BREAK A BUSINESS. WE ENCOURAGE THE FOLKS AT HOME TO GO OUT AND SUPPORT THEIR LOCAL BUSINESSES. TWO WEEKS AGO – FOURTH OF JULY WAS LESS THAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEATHER. DID THAT EFFECT BUSINESSES AT ALL? WEATHER IS OBVIOUSLY IS A KEY FACTOR IN GETTING PEOPLE OUT TO SUPPORT LOCALS. WE KNOW THERE WERE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE IN THE MAINE MALL, BUT WE WANT THEM TO GET OUT AND SHOP HERE TOO. WEATHER OF COURSE PLAYS A BIG FACTOR IN HOW WELL BUSINESSES PERFORM. THERE ARE LOTS OF TOURISTS HERE NOW AND WE KNOW THAT THESE ARE DAYS WE CAN NEVER GET BACK. AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE FACE THIS YEAR? WE KNOW GAS PRICES ARE HIGH – AND MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME VISIT DRIVE HERE SO WE HOPE THAT PEOPLE CONTINUE TO VISIT DESPITE PAYING MORE AT THE PUMP. LASTLY, THE CHAMBER JUST CELEBRATED A MILESTONE. TELL US ABOUT IT. WELL WE JUST GOT OUR 200TH MEMBER, SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. CHRIS HALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT’S IMPORTANT WORK YOU DO. FOR YOUR MONEY, I’M MEGHAN TORJUSSEN. YOU DO.

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