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Good Weather Increases Summer Tourism

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It's the start of the Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of the summer tourist season. And great weather has helped to draw more out-of-town visitors to boost Erie's tourist economy.

 Attendance is up 150,000 at Erie's top attraction, Presque Isle.

 Scott Enterprises has also seen more tourists. Business is up about 5% at the company's 8 hotels, 13 restaurants, and the Splash Lagoon Water Park. 

 Attendance has also increased this summer at Waldameer Amusement Park, although owners don't have exact numbers available. And the good weather often encourages visitors to extend their trips.

 Nick Scott Jr. of Scott Enterprises said, "People tend to stay longer when they have more to do. And if the weather is great there is more to do in Erie."

 Steve Gorman of Waldameer said, "When the weather is good then the water park will do more business. And people will then spend more time in both parks for a longer stay."

  Officials at both Waldameer and Scott Enterprises think increased marketing has also helped to increase summer tourism.

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