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In Mayan calendar end of the world, hoteliers see salvation

Excerpt from CNBC

Dec 14, 2012 9:29 am

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If Spirit Airlines can do marketing based on Tiger Woods’ marriage blow-up, then hoteliers certainly can find plenty of opportunity in the Mayan calendar end of the world, and after-world.

— Dennis Schaal

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Where the Mayans saw the end of time, marketers see dollar signs.

As ancient doomsday predictions draw near, a number of hotels and restaurants are launching tongue-in-cheek promotions to profit from the fiery apocalypse forecasts surrounding Dec. 21, one Mayan Calendar’s end date. The offers range from end-of-days themed vacation packages to restaurant menus encouraging customers to live it up one last time.

Step one of apocalypse preparation is returning some of those holiday gifts to free up additional end-of-days capital because many hotel offers this doomsday require deep pockets (but what does money mean anyway when the world is ending?!).

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