Cape Tourism Officials Hoping For February Vacation Boost

Snow on the BeachBARNSTABLE -It has been a struggle for most Cape businesses this winter, but tourism officials are hoping February vacation will be a boost for local hotels.

With schools out across the commonwealth, this week has historically proven to bring an influx of off-season visitors to the Cape.

“We do get a really good shot in the arm for school vacation in February and then again in April. What’s different about it is that it tends to be really concentrated in the hotels and the B&Bs,” said Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross.

Although this snow-filled winter might be driving some vacationers north, Northcross said that the Cape has long been an alternative to the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire during February break. “So if families don’t want to go skiing, perhaps they don’t do the cold weather sports but they do want to get away, they’ll look for places where they can bring their kids that have the indoor pool. They love to go to the movies and do other activities here on the Cape,” she added.

Northcross said the onslaught of snow has been tough on most Cape businesses, but is hoping cabin fever could drive some spontaneous visitors to the region.
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