Summer tourism season ends, officials gear up for fall

For most, Labor Day signals an end to summer. A time to wind down but hotel workers like Nathan Obert at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Quincy said their busy season is just getting started.

"It has a lot to do with school back in session especially here in town. We have two colleges so we’re going to have multiple sports teams in action and we’ll see an influx of either traveling teams staying here, visiting parents staying here or parents from out of town coming in to support." said Obert.

It’s not just sports fans that will be visiting. With so many events scheduled the next couple of months, The Quincy convention and visitor’s bureau expects big numbers this fall, as well.

"Fall is a huge season and I know even with weddings, it’s really the new June. Those fall weddings are heavy and those do bring people in," said the visitor’s bureau executive director Holly Cain.

After recently releasing their top 20 fall picks for things to do in and around Quincy, Cain said it’s a new push to draw more people to the area. 

"We do this list, these seasonal lists, primarily for our visitors but it’s very helpful for our locals as well because they oftentimes, if they’re new to Quincy or just looking for something to do, spend your money in your own community and help keep those businesses here and those jobs here," stated Cain.

And for Obert, he expects most weekends the next couple of months to be booked solid.

"A huge variety of people come in here from all different areas," explained Obert. "From California to even people just a couple of hours down the road. It’s very cool to see a bunch of people from all walks of life."

Triple A predicts a 14 cent drop in the average price per gallon of gas which they say could increase the number of travelers. Hotels said that could mean even more bookings.

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