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Tired, Tired & Tourism
Howdy folks!! Wow, I've had just about enough of this rainy, wet weather!
All Week!!! Enough!
I'm back out East again today, as the kids have their regular Saturday riding at the barn.
Yesterday, with the kids being off from school, we spent the day at the barn. (Boy, was it muddy and wet!).
Although I hadn't planned to do much filming, I wound up doing LOTS!!
The girls did amazing at riding and jumping! They both had tons of energy and confidence doing the course. It helps when they have the barn to themselves like they did yesterday since it was an hour lesson on a weekday, as opposed to the usual Saturday "camp" day when all the kids attend.
The girls did have the company of Gianna's friend from school who joined them at the barn.
Gianna's fun kept going as she went back to her friend's house for, what, according to her was a wonderful sleepover!!
Poor Mommy - I headed home after the barn (leaving at around 4:30) and hit all kinds of rush hour traffic (UGH). Didn't get home till nearly 6 and had to do a 15-minute turn around, freshening up and changing, in order to meet my mom and dad for dinner at their Golf Club.
Of course, I was late to their house (supposed to be there by 6:30pm), but in the end, we made it to their club with plenty of time to spare to enjoy a killer cocktail hour!
It was Mediterranean night and the food was unreal! Hummus, grilled veggies, chick pea & zucchini fritters with Tzatziki sauce, grilled tomatoes, and much more!!
Dinner was terrific too with more vegetables like roasted carrots and beets, an assortment of fish and chicken dishes (which I did NOT partake) and a sweet-eater's delight table full of cookies, ice cream and fruit. YUMMY.
I'm sorry I have no pictures folks - with all the rushing, I left my camera at home (insert sad face).
Anyway, since Kelsey stayed at her Dad's house last night, I had the night free, so after having a nice dinner, my mom asked me if I wanted to stay over for the night.
By the time dinner was over, it was after 11pm. My mom drove with me to my house so I could grab some clothes for today and then we drove back to her house. Of course, we chatted it up and I didn't get to "bed" till 1:45. I didn't actually fall asleep until 2:30am!!!
My alarm went off at 6 and I was comatose! I had to drive out to the north fork of Long Island to get Gianna and then get her over to the barn for a full day of riding.
So, here I am sitting in my usual place at the Tanger Outlets writing away. To say I'm tired is an understatement. I think I will take a nice nap in my car back at at the barn once I'm done writing!!
Today is National Tourism Day.
National Tourism Day is observed during National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States, which takes place annually, the first full week of May.
National Travel and Tourism Week was established by a congressional resolution in 1983, by President Ronald Reagan. The purpose of this week is to encourage all venues to recognize the impact Travel and Tourism have to their communities.
Tanya details quite a number of financial facts about Tourism in her blog today. Please check out this information!!
Did you know that direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.6 billion a day??
According to Select USA:
- U.S. travel and tourism output represented 2.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2014.
- While the majority of activity in the industry is domestic, expenditures by international visitors in the United States generated a record-breaking $220.6 billion in sales and a $74.0 billion trade surplus in 2014.
- According to U.S. Department of Commerce projections, international travel to the United States should grow by 4.3 percent annually through 2020.
- The U.S. leads the world in international travel and tourism exports, and travel and tourism is the top services export, accounting for 31 percent of all U.S. services exports in 2014.
- Of the more than 25 subsectors that make up the travel and tourism industry, three sectors – food services, air travel, and accommodations – account for more than 50 percent of total output.
Let's take a more detailed of these subsectors:
a) Accommodations: This is the largest and accounts for 19% of total travel industry output. Accommodations benefited from international overseas traveler growth of 7% in 2012.
b) Food Services: This is the second largest and accounts for more than 16% of travel and tourism-related output. The National Restaurant Association predicts 3.4 percent growth for the restaurant industry in 2015.
c) Air Travel: This subsector accounts for nearly 16% of travel industry output.
PRETTY COOL INFO!!
Tomorrow is an important day here on Travelin' Cousins. It marks the 2nd Year Anniversary of our Blog!!
It also happens to be Mother's Day - yes folks, we launched our blog on Mother's Day 2014!!
We will be having some flashbacks of our own next week to celebrate our Two Year Anniversary of great Travelin' Cousins Blog moments!!
As for tomorrow, I'll be featuring some fantabulous Mother-Daughter Getaways in honor of Mother's Day!!
Here's to a fun-filled Saturday!
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