Batavia, Ohio • The CEO of one of the country's largest amusement park companies said that since the economic downturn has people staying closer to home, staycations have boosted business at the parks.
CEO Matt Ouimet on Wednesday predicted the staycation trend would continue even with the economy improving. He spoke about the future of the amusement park industry and Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. after touring the plant where the newest roller coaster for the company's Cedar Point park is under construction. He said Cedar Fair's parks generally draw most of their visitors from within a couple of hundred miles.
"I think staycations are here to stay because people have rediscovered that it's more fun, less complicated and less expensive to get in your car and drive to Cedar Point or other parks," Ouimet said.