MAY 19, 2017 - ISSUE 90

Winter Occupancy Slightly Down but Revenue Ended Strong, Skier Visits Up, Inside $1.7 Billion Deal and more...

Welcome to the May issue of Mountain Travel News.  Below you'll find this month's articles but first, we wanted to let you know that soon, DestiMetrics will be known as Inntopia Business Intelligence.  

DestiMetrics is paving the way for the Business Intelligence arm of Inntopia. While it will eventually include much more than the market data and reports you now rely on, this is the starting point. 
 Starting June 1 you will see this reflected in everything from our email signatures to the Inntopia logo showing up on our website, this newsletter, our data portal and the DestiMetrics logo is going away. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions and are extremely excited about the road ahead.  

The DestiMetrics Team

On Strong Revenue and Slight Occupancy Loss, Western Mountain Resorts Wrap Up Winter and Shift Focus to Summer

The 2016-17 winter season that records overnight visits from November through April, officially ended with an overall aggregated 0.2 percent dip in occupancy marking the first...

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Inside look at the $1.7 billion deal that weds Aspen, Steamboat, Winter Park and Canadian Mountain heliskiing operation

More than 170 potential bidders lined up to buy Intrawest’s stable of ski areas — revealing a growing appetite for destination resorts. Some were resort operators, but most...

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Visitation to U.S. ski areas climbed in 2016-17, but still below 20-year average

Skier visits to U.S. resorts climbed to 54.7 million in the 2016-17 season, up 3.7 percent from the season before.

Strong Christmas and spring break traffic bolstered the...

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Vail Resorts shows increased revenue for 2016-17 ski season despite dip in visits

Vail Resorts credited its geographic diversity and its popular Epic Pass with overcoming a slow start to the 2016-17 season and a dip in skier visits to finish the season with...

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Why ski resorts close when they still have tons of snow

The end of ski season is always a bummer.  But it stings even more when the season ends while tons of snow still sit on your favorite ski area.  The West Coast winter of 2016-17...

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Skiing in California All Summer Long

Squaw Valley to stay open indefinitely; Mammoth spinning lifts daily through the Fourth of July.  The weather in Tahoe City, California, is currently 68 degrees and sunny, nights...

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Despite slow start, experts see big summer for tourism in Jackson Hole

Despite experiencing a slow spring in terms of tourism, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is predicting summer tourism will reach similar heights as last year — which set...

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Winter lodging numbers in Summit fall flat compared to ‘phenomenal’ 2015-16 season

The winter season in Summit County started slow, with barely a flake of snow in November. In December the snow finally came by the pound burying the county and its ski...

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Vail records more than 1,400 unlicensed vacation rentals

Owners who use internet services to rent out their condos, townhomes and other units for short-term rentals are supposed to get Vail business and sales tax licenses. That...

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Airbnb hosts in Colorado's ski towns made $32 million this past season

Vacation rental site Airbnb is big business in Colorado’s mountain towns – to the tune of $32 million in host income this past season. According to a report from Airbnb, 2,800...

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Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground

Idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, such as those marketed on Airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace...

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Airline industry braces for record-high summer travel

The airline industry is bracing for a record-high number of travelers this summer. About 234 million passengers, or approximately 2.5 million travelers per day, are expected...

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Americans are favoring long-weekend trips over week-long vacations for summer

Many of Americans planning their summer travel are counting on taking more long-weekend trips than they did last year.  The Travelzoo Summer 2017 Travel Trends...

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Continued jobless claims at lowest level in more than 28 years

The total number of people collecting jobless benefits fell to the lowest level in 28½ years, a further sign of labor-market strength, government data showed.  Initial claims... 

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