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Delmarva Summer Tourism Expects Higher Numbers for 2015

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REHOBOTH, Del. --  Tourism industry experts say this summer's prices for groceries, rentals and hotels are early indicators that Delmarva will see a strong tourist season for 2015.

The Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says hotel occupancy rates, weekly rentals and grocery sales are up from June 2014.

Even though AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices are higher now than they were this time last year, coastal towns like Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City expect to see a higher number of travelers for 2015.

Officials say possible reasons for the tourism boost could be better weather and the harsh winter many experienced earlier this year.

Travelers like LaTosha Williams from Washington D.C. says she's escaping the capitol's humid weather with her daughters for the week.

"The weather is very nice. Compared to what we've been having in D.C.," said Williams.

A Rehoboth resident of more than three decades says there's a huge difference in traffic compared to last year.

"There's a lot of traffic. Especially come Thursday you see more traffic than normal," said Marianne Lorenz.  "With the gas prices going down and I think that hotel rates have helped out a little bit."

Tourism numbers could still go up as coastal towns prepare for August, one of the most popular months for tourism.

Once those final numbers are in, it'll indicate how strong the tourism season has been on Delmarva this year.

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