NEW YORK -- With
the Republican National Convention in town in about three weeks, a
number of New Yorkers -- and their travel agents -- are going to be
Although there is
a hint of partisanship in the exodus -- one client was heard to
say, I dont want to be here when they are walking on our streets --
the prospect of work-week traffic snarls and congestion is the main
impetus for leaving the city.
president of Planetarium Travel/American Express, said of his
clients, Everyone is leaving town, and they are going everywhere --
London, Paris, the Hamptons and Quebec.
Fleetwood will be
among the escapees, but he expects his staff to be at work at his
Manhattan office, which is more than 40 blocks north of Madison
Square Garden, the GOPs headquarters from Aug. 30 to Sept.
Even with some
New Yorkers making themselves scarce during the convention, he said
the event still may be a boon for the city. Usually, business is
slow in August for taxi drivers and restaurateurs.
It is looking
like a little boon for Fleetwood, too. He owns a small brownstone
near his Manhattan office and has set aside four studios as a
bed-and-breakfast. All four are booked during the
Sonnino of Roberta Sonnino Travel, on 34th Street across from the
Garden, the issue is running the business. She said she and her
staff will have to decide whether to work on another agencys
premises or come to the office.
It will be a slow
week with few sales, she said, but, unlike some businesses, the
agency cant close because its a service business.