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Looking at the weeks ahead for occupy walk USA team in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lake Havasu luring spring-break visitors

by Cale Ottens – Mar. 12, 2012 06:34 PM

                                           Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/2012/03/12/20120312lake-havasu-luring-spring-break-visitors.html#commentform#ixzz1pXYNcPW5

LAKE HAVASU CITY – On a Facebook page dedicated to spring break in this western Arizona city, perhaps it isn’t surprising to see a featured picture showing a young woman sporting a bikini top, belly-button ring and Mardi Gras beads, her arms raised in celebration.

But this isn’t just any page: Those arms extend to a superimposed sign saying, “Lake Havasu,” while just below her navel is a matching sign saying, “Arizona’s playground.”

When revelers ask about hot spots for parties and suggest bands they’d like to see perform during their time here, those offering comments, suggestions and “likes” often are from the city’s hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

“Hey! Hit up Kokomos and BJs to start, and the channel will start bumpin soon!” says a comment linked to the Havasu Travelodge’s Facebook page. “MadDogs always has a good crowd on Tuesdays too …”

This page, run by a local firm for the Lake Havasu Convention and Visitors Bureau, is one way business and civic leaders are embracing this community’s status as a spring-break mecca by trying to attract young visitors and their wallets as well as directing them to the fun.

“For this audience, this particular market, the best way to reach these college students, the young people that are looking to come here for spring break, is through social media,” said Doug Traub, the bureau’s president and CEO.

Depending on which official one asks, an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 young people will spend their 2012 spring break at the beach and on the lake here.

Spring break at Lake Havasu is often portrayed beyond this community as an out-of-control party, but Traub said that image is exaggerated and that businesses aim to make sure the young visitors enjoy their visit.

“It’s about the exhilaration of being young; it’s about that time of your life where you’re in that process of learning and growing and you’re free of a lot of the responsibilities that shackle us as we get into our later years,” he said. “It’s a true celebration of that spirit we have here in this town.”

Dates for which college’s will converge on Lake Havasu during 2011 spring break by state:

March 19- 23


Arizona State University

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly Pamona

California State University – Chico

California State University – Sacramento

California State University – San Marcos

Pepperdine University

San Francisco State University

University of Denver

Kansas State University

University of Kansas

Wichita State University

University of Nebraska – Kearney

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

University of Nebraska – Omaha

University of Nevada – Reno
New Mexico

New Mexico State University – Las Cruces

Oklahoma State University – Stillwater

Oklahoma University

Seminole State University

University of Northern Texas

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

MARCH 26- 30


California State University – Bakersfield

California State University – Fullerton

California State University – Long Beach

California State University – Los Angeles

California State University – San Bernardino

San Diego State University

San Jose State University

Sonoma State University

Stanford University

University of California – Berkeley

University of California – Davis

University of California – Irvine

University of California – Los Angeles

University of California – Riverside

University of California – San Diego

University of California – San Francisco

University of California – Santa Barbara

University of California – Santa Cruz

United States Air Force Academy

University of Colorado – Boulder

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

Boise State University

Idaho State University – Pocatello

Oregon State University

University of Oregon

Portland State University

APRIL 2- 6


California State University Northridge

Chapman University

Concordia University

University of Montana – Missoula

University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/2012/03/12/20120312lake-havasu-luring-spring-break-visitors.html#commentform#ixzz1pXXubfXo


March 18, 2012 - Posted by | Occupy Walk News, Preparation, Walking Blog

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