LCSN: Restaurant, lodgers associations meet in Las Cruces

October 30, 2009. Retrieved online November 2, 2009 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — The recession may be over, but people still must deal with the aftershocks, most notably rising unemployment. That reality was reflected last week in the news that the Consumer Confidence Index was had fallen in October.

The business world is worried about whether consumers will open up their wallets and pocket books. Those concerns and other issues will be up for discussion this week as statewide leadership in the restaurant, lodging and tourism industries visit the Mesilla Valley for a series of meetings and other functions.

The New Mexico Restaurant Association will hold its Fall Retreat in Las Cruces and Mesilla on Wednesday and Thursday; the New Mexico Lodging Association will hold its quarterly board of directors/general membership meeting at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on Thursday; the board of advisors for New Mexico State University’s school of hotel, restaurant and tourism management will meet on Friday.

Business climate

In the Las Cruces area, some restaurant owners report that they think the last part of the year will be better than in 2008.

“This last week has been pretty good,” said Vince Vaccaro, owner of three Lorenzo’s Italian restaurants in Las Cruces.

He said there was a drop in business several weeks ago, but that has corrected itself.

…Since the NMRA and HRTM leadership will all be in town this week, the lodging association has invited those organizations to participate in a meal the group has planned at NMSU.

In fact, the dinner will be prepared by students in the HRTM program.

“What a great opportunity for our students to have exposure to hospitality leadership in our state,” said Janet Green, director of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

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