Summer has come to a close, children are back in school, and the tourist season is ending. Just weeks ago, Moab hotels were full of people from all over the world, and businesses were booming in their wake. While Moab enjoys some year-round tourism, most of it comes during the spring and summer months, and as a result many businesses will soon temporarily close, or lay off many employees.
Much like some animals, the citizens and businesses of Moab are getting ready to hibernate for the winter. Many people will have been preparing by saving money before they are laid off, or prepaying rent for the winter months. Businesses, meanwhile, streamline themselves so that they can keep some employees and turn a good profit with the locals and the few tourists that come in the colder months. This also helps them to prepare for the spring, when they will need fresh new faces, and a lot of them, to deal with the influx of tourists.
This is not new, and there are always new attempts to make the years to come more profitable, such as the plans to build a campus here for Utah State University. The campus will be able to host upwards of 3,000 students when completed and will have year-round residency. In theory, this move will increase the economic growth of the town, and in turn provide for more jobs, and more ways for businesses to stay open in the winter. However, construction isn’t likely to begin until 2016, and the campus will be built over a seven-stage period that will take roughly thirty years.
So, in the meantime, Moab, its people and its businesses, will continue to endure, as they always have.