Despite higher costs, consumers come to Monterey Bay for vacation

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As COVID-19 cases rise, people aren’t letting it affect their travel plans this Memorial Day weekend and local businesses are hoping they can bounce back. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk thinks it’s on the right track. Last year they reopened for about a month but closed due to COVID-19. “Not too long ago we were closed for the entire summer, so we’re excited to be open fully operational; something for everyone,” said Santa Cruz Beach spokesperson Kris Reyes. Boardwalk. For the past two years, there have been more vacancies than guests at local hotels, but this Memorial Day weekend, reservations are on the rise, said Lori Moser, manager of Santa Cruz Edgewater Beach & Suites. It was really bad last year and the year before, but now that we’re back it’s much better. It’s much better. A lot of families are coming back,” Moser said. Demand for travel forces people to hit the road – higher costs, damn it. “Oh yes, this is terrible. This is really ridiculous! How so? . I mean, the airfare, rental car prices to get here,” said Annette Gorny of Oklahoma City. And her husband Brian Gorny said, “You can’t go through a gl a pandemic obale and the prices don’t go up, that’s just the reality. So, I’m not surprised by the price but I don’t like them. “Coastal beaches will have lifeguards on duty throughout Santa Cruz County “And then we’ll have all of our uniguards, which are our traveling lifeguard units, and lifeboats,” California State Parks Public Safety Superintendent Gabe McKenna said again. We are still on the right track. We are taking a slow and wide turn for recovery efforts, so hotels, in particular, are seeing demand slowly increase. We’re definitely not back to 2019 levels, but we’re getting there,” said Christina Glynn, communications director for Visit Santa Cruz County. Health officials want to remind the public that there is still a pandemic and strongly recommend wearing masks in indoor public places. .

As COVID-19 cases rise, people aren’t letting it affect their travel plans this Memorial Day weekend and local businesses are hoping they can bounce back.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk thinks it’s back on track. Last year they reopened for about a month but closed due to COVID-19.

“Not long ago we were closed for the entire summer, so we’re excited to be fully operational; something for everyone,” said Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk spokesperson Kris Reyes. .

For the past two years, there have been more vacancies than guests at local hotels, but this Memorial Day weekend, reservations are on the rise, said Lori Moser, manager of Santa Cruz Edgewater Beach & Suites. .

“It’s picking up. It was really bad last year and the year before that, but now that we’re picking up it’s going a lot better. It’s going a lot better. A lot of families are coming back,” Moser said.

Travel demand is forcing people to hit the road – to hell with the higher costs.

“Oh yes, it’s terrible. It’s really ridiculous! How? In what way? Hell, it’s in everything. I mean, the plane ticket, the rental car prices to come here “said Annette Gorny of Oklahoma City.

And her husband Brian Gorny said: “You can’t go through a global pandemic and not see prices go up, that’s just the reality. So I’m not surprised by the price but I don’t like them.”

Coastal beaches will be patrolled throughout Santa Cruz County.

“And then we’ll have all of our uniguards, which are our roving lifeguard units, as well as lifeboats,” California State Parks Public Safety Superintendent Gabe McKenna said.

In 2019, for the first time ever, the Santa Cruz Visitors and Convention Bureau reported that tourism had reached the $1 billion level. it will take time to reach that level again.

“We’re still on track. We’re taking a slow and wide turn to recovery efforts, so hotels, in particular, are seeing demand slowly pick up. We’re certainly not back to 2019 levels, but we’re let’s get there,” said Christina Glynn, communications director for Visit Santa Cruz County.

Health officials want to remind the public that there is still a pandemic and strongly recommend wearing masks in indoor public places.

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