1976: What is the Average Tourist?
July 19, 2006
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. Average tourist is 38, married, maleAspen’s average tourist is a married male, age 38, employed in the professions, with an income over $20,000, according to Colorado College senior Brian Stafford’s thesis, “Economic aspects of population density growth in Aspen and Pitkin County.”The excerpts printed this week describe the economic characteristics of the population:TOURISTS & RESIDENTSThe population consists of two major categories, the tourist and the permanent resident. Both categories can be further broken down by age group, income bracket, home region of tourist or resident, educational status, and other variables.The average tourist is a married male, age 38, employed in the professions, with an income over $20,000, a college degree, and visiting from the eastern or the mountain regions.This tourist spends an average of $36.69 per day. If he is visiting in the summer then the average daily expenditure is $28.14 while the winter skier tourist spends an average of $44.63 per day.Aspen area permanent employees are single males, age 31, employed in a tourist related business, with an income below $10,000, a college degree, and formerly from the East, Mountain, or Pacific regions.The permanent employee spends an average of $16.54 per day, $15.83 in the summer and $17.70 in the winter. (July 1)Arrested man blames his personalityOne man arrested by the Aspen Police Aug 4 on charges of disturbing the peace accused the police of arresting him because his “personality did not match the personality of other Aspenites.”According to the police report, the Baltimore man, Allan Irvin Freedland, 30, may have taken a swing in the direction of a Whale of a Wash employee.He went to jail in lieu of a $150 cash bond, and was examined by pshychiatrist Dr Sam Schiff, according to the report.Apparently Freedland, at some point, said he wanted to leave the entire Colorado area. Local authorities took him up on that, dismissed the charges, and let him go. (Aug. 12)