Local business owners talk about lean times ahead. It’s tough out there for Aspen businesses and most of them are bracing for further financial hard times… the predictions made by City Manager Steve Barwick last week that sales tax revenue will be down 11 percent for the year are holding true.Those projections are based primarily on occupancy rates, which are becoming difficult to forecast because would-be travelers are waiting until the last minute to book rooms in the hopes of scoring a deal.
By Carolyn Sackariason, Feb. 9, 2009, The Aspen Times, Aspen, CO
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