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Although RV sales have rebounded and RV tourism appears strong, other sectors of the travel industry are struggling.
An example is the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Mo., which recently announced it would layoff 60 employees because its attendance is down by 125,000 when compared with this time last year, according to KYTV of Springfield, Mo.
Another 30 Silver Dollar City employees were offered jobs at the theme park that are not as good as the ones they had, the TV station also reported.
Lisa Rau, a spokeswoman for Silver Dollar City Attractions, blames the layoffs on a downturn in the economy and less travel by vacationers. The 90 people who are affected are about 4% of the 2,500 people who work at SDC Attractions properties.
Besides Silver Dollar City, SDC’s other Branson area properties include Showboat Branson Belle, White Water, The Grand Village, Talking Rocks Cavern, Ride the Ducks, Silver Dollar City Campground and Celebration City.
SDC expected some downturn at the 43-year-old theme park this year — but not this much — because of the opening on May 1 of its new Celebration City theme park.
Celebration City, which has had almost 350,000 visitors, is meeting projections, Rau says, and should attract 500,000 by the end of its season on Nov. 1.  Celebration City is open in late afternoons and evenings while Silver Dollar City, which had about 2.1 million customers last year, closes before sundown.