Holiday weekends create surge in business in Lake Havasu City

Summer and holidays bring in tourism, helping business thrive and keeping people employed in Lake Havasu City.

Businesses in Lake Havasu City are thriving thanks to a surge in visitors over the summer months and, most importantly, holiday weekends.

The Fourth of July boasts big numbers for the city and since this Fourth falls in the middle of the week, businesses are benefiting from a week-long celebration.

“It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year. It means revenue we won’t get in slower periods, it's taxes, revenue for the city, it keeps people employed," said Terence Concannon, president of the Lake Havasu City Convention of Visitors Bureau.

Visitors to the hotspot spend approximately $171,000,000 annually and support about 2,000 jobs, according to the Lake Havasu City website.

For Chad Whetton, the owner of WhettRod Jet Ski Rentals, holiday weekends like the Fourth of July help keep his doors open.

“I definitely wouldn’t make it without them," said Whetton. "You can’t make a living just on the holiday weekends, I’m not getting at that, but you definitely need the holidays."

And the crowds just keep coming with no indication of slowing down, according to Concannon.

"I took a look at the numbers and we are up, up over every segment. It’s very encouraging," said Concannon.

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