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Cold Weather Leads to Increased Business at Travel Agencies

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The Ohio Valley has seen some of the coldest temperatures in history during the recent Polar Vortex, and while some business's activity has frozen along with the ice, UniGlobe Travel Agency in Wheeling has been helping people avoid the winter weather.

"The colder the winter the more people want to get away and the longer it stays colder the more they want to get out sooner," said UniGlobe owner Bill Bryson.  "So I definitely think the cold weather definitely impacts vacations to the warm areas."

Bryson said the majority of their clients want to leave the country entirely and that seems like a good idea considering the south has also been crippled by freezing temps.

"Typically from this area the Caribbean is really popular and they go to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and also to the Cancun Riviera, Maya area," Bryson says. "You have three, four, and seven day vacations and in 3 1/2 hours you're in sun and sand in the Caribbean."

Even though cold temperatures definitely help to motivate travel, Bryson says he and the agents at UniGlobe still hate seeing the single digits on the nightly forecast.

"We get cold too. This time of year typically, the travel business is unlike the retail business, probably 60 percent of our business is done in the first half of the year. This actually begins our busy time."