GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - It's the last gasp of summer and many area communities are seeing a boost to tourism.
Experience Grand Rapids says hotel revenues were up 15% through July. Lakeshore communities are also seeing an increase in tourism.
Grand Haven finished its downtown construction in time for summer. True to AAA's predictions, many tourists are coming from within the state as residents look to vacation near home because of rising gas prices.
At Down to Earth, Sales Associate Kathy Mayer says, "It's been an awesome season here in Grand Haven, busy busy. All the holidays and Coast Guard helped sales go up significantly from last year."
The owner of Mac Kite says retail isn't back to where it was before the economic downturn, but it's bouncing back steadily.