OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - As the Summer tourist season winds down business owners say sunny skies helped offset a hike in the lodging tax and drop in the exchange rate for Canadian currency.
Last year the summer was a record breaking one in Old Orchard Beach. This year Canadian visitors booked shorter stays, but the nice weather brought more regional visitors to town. Business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce say it's been a successful season.
Down the road at Bailey's Campground in Scarborough there's been a steady stream of visitors all summer long.
The resort added new amenities this year. Four weekends this summer every one of the nearly 750-sites has been filled.
"Families are looking for the best bang for their buck and when you can offer all this, including camping, at a reasonable rate people are going to go for it.", said Gaelan Bailey, the resort's operations manager.
Representatives of Bailey's and Old Orchard Beach say some of their busiest days came during Quebec's Construction Holiday. In 1970 Quebec legislated a two week holiday period for the construction industry beginning the last Sunday in July. Many others also take vacation during that period.