The yearly influx of winter visitors, whether you appreciate it or not during rush-hour traffic, is a vital component of the local economy. Many businesses rely in large part on the seasonal migration of "snow birds," as they are sometimes known locally, and it remains to be seen what sort of effect the recent economic downturn will have on the numbers this winter.

We visit a local resort to try to get a fix on how the seasonal tourist will behave this year, and we talk to a business owner who remains optimistic. We also talk to Jonathan Walker, of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, to get a sense of what recent trends reveal in the tourism industry.