Travel: Dim Season in the Sun

Determined to snare its share of Puerto Rico's bountiful tourist trade, the new nightclub El Cortijo opened the season in San Juan with 20 flamenco dancers, twelve waiters and two dance combos. Last week, with more than half of its 185 seats empty each night, El Cortijo was down to eight dancers, six waiters and one combo. It also dropped its $5 cover charge.

In traditional winter vacation havens from the Bahamas to Hawaii, the story is the same. Businessmen agree that this season in the sun has been the dimmest in years. They blame the decline largely on the slumping...

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