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National tourism expert gives Rehoboth-Dewey area high marks By Trish Vernon With the perspective of a long- time visitor to Delaware's resort area, Dr. Douglas Frechtling, as- sociate professor of tourism stud- ies at George Washington Univer- sity, told those gathered at the Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting on April 2 that he is delighted to see the diversity of membership within the chamber, which shows that "everyone here feels they are a part of the tourism economy and you recognize how important tourism is." However, Frechtling, in point- ing out the importance of training those who come in contact with visitors of the important role they play, related an incident which kept him from returning to Re- hoboth Beach for one year. He was issued a parking ticket in the sort for not parking "head in" as is the law of which he was un- aware. When he went to the meter department to discuss the matter, he was met with indifference to his plight. "Iwas so mad I didn't come back for a year and the town lost more in revenue from that than it brought in with that ten dollar ticket." Other than that, he believes the .Rehoboth and Dewey resorts are "doing a marvelous job," and he advised that they focus on hospi- tality workshops and luring and keeping good employees. Frechtling told them that this spring and summer look very strong, with surveys showing an increase in planned trips and a strong economy, with more peo- ple planning on spending money away from home and more fami- lies planning to travel together. Long term trends reflect a con- tinned rise in personal income and falling prices, even if there are pe- riods of recession. He said people want to see the environment of their destinations protected and that the growing number of re- tirees are richer and healthier and Birding . Continued from page 42 their expertise on a range of local subjects. According to the 1991 National Survey taken for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 63 million North Americans fed wild birds at their homes; eight million Americans crossed state lines on a bird- watching trip and almost 25 mil- lion took a trip for the primary purpose of observing, feeding or photographing birds.The tours range in price from several hun- dred to several thousand dollars. For a brochure, with trip informa- tion andpricing, stop by at 49 Bal- timore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach or call Wild Birds Unlimited at 227-5850. Wild Birds Unlimited is open during the spring from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Tues- days. ..,,,ii::iiiii Dr. Douglas Frechtling, asociate professor of tourism stud- ies at George Washington University, addresses members of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce on April 2. will be travelling more frequently. "There are regional clouds on the horizon," Frechtlin warned, such as peak period congestion on roads and in the air, as well as over-crowded beaches and labor shortages "and not enough young people willing to take entry-level jobs." The threat of competition for liesure time and money will con- tinue to increase as attractions proliferate, and the rising crime rate and substance abuse will fur- ther reduce the working popula- tion. Frechtling quoted marketing guru Peter Drucker in stressing that their principle objective should be satsified ctlstomers. "You must define your product by the customer's needs - you are selling them benefits and they will pay for quality they enjoy. Find out what they will pay and pro- vide it at that price," he said. 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