Three Questions With Scott Thomas, Southern Delaware Tourism

by Dave on August 27, 2009

From Coastal Sussex Weekly magazine, August 27, 2009

1) As this summer comes to a close, can you give us a status report on how successful it was from a tourism perspective? Summer visitation to Sussex County started off slow but has picked up throughout July and August with high concentrations on weekends in the beach resort areas.   Our area continues to be a popular leisure getaway for visitors from Maryland, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

More and more visitors from northern New Jersey and New York are discovering coastal Delaware for the first time so this is all very positive.  However, visitors are spending less money on average symptomatic of the recession.  People need vacations in good times and bad and our area is very fortunate to be located within a 4 hour drive of 25% of the U.S. population.  So tourism in Southern Delaware is doing relatively well compared to other destinations that are more dependent on business travelers and the airline industry.

2) This issue of the magazine is all about the fall: fall food, fall adventures. What should people be looking forward to in the fall of 2009 at the beach? Ideal weather, warm ocean temperatures and less crowds.  Fall in Southern Delaware = festivals in a big way.  Just take your pick on any given fall weekend.  You have the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, Lewes Artists’ Studio Tour and Nanticoke Indian Powwow in September.  In October, you have Coast Weekend in Lewes, the Autumn Jazz Festival and Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival in Rehoboth Beach and Quiet Resorts Birding Weekend in the Bethany Beach-Fenwick Island area.  Not to mention the World Championship Punkin Chunkin and Rehoboth Independent Film Festival in November.  Southern Delaware is gaining the reputation of the Culinary Coast from dining hot spots to tours and tastings and other culinary adventures.  Visitors should always be looking forward to their next meal here as this magazine issue highlights.

3) What is your personal favorite part of the fall here in Sussex County? Riding morning waves in the ocean followed by watching football and going to the boardwalk with my wife, Tammy.  I always thinks it’s cool to see the greyhounds strolling around Dewey; that tells me fall is kicking in.

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