The good news as this Memorial Day weekend approaches: Gas, at just over $3.85 for a gallon of regular, is cheaper than it was a week ago. The bad news, of course, is that it's painfully more expensive than this time last year.
But unlike last year, there's no oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico threatening to ruin summer beach plans. And unlike the year before that, there's no nasty recession keeping everyone home. So gas prices notwithstanding, hoteliers and local tourism officials say they're optimistic that the summer travel season that typically starts with Memorial Day will be a strong one.
Read more about the forecast, and what hotels are doing to drive business, in our story here.