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Ghosts Good for Business

A number of hotels across the country have found that having a resident ghost is good for the bottom line, attracting tourists and thrillseekers.

Gary Stoller of USA Today writes, "Author Bruce Raisch, who wrote Haunted Hotels of the West, says Arizona alone has 24 with the reputation. Hotels are part of ghost tours in New Orleans, San Antonio and other cities.

Some hotels, such as the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark., are proud of their reputation for being haunted. The Crescent advertises it in hopes of attracting the curious. Other hoteliers dismiss guests' tales and would just as soon the notion that they're harboring ghosts be exorcised for fear of scaring guests away."

Full Story: Haunted hotels' ghost stories can be good for business

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