SEASIDE - So far, word of impending war in Iraq has prompted only a few people to cancel plans to vacation in Seaside.

Ken Meiser, executive director of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, said he conducted an informal survey of area lodging properties about whether they have received cancelation notices because of impending actions in Iraq.

"We've received a few," he said, but the information was anecdotal and the amount relatively small - characterized as a handful.

This weekend marks the beginning of spring break, when many students and families in the Pacific Northwest with children in school traditionally flock to Seaside for vacation.

War may have an initial dampering effect on tourism and commerce for a few days as people stay glued to news accounts at home, Meiser said. But if past world events are suggestive, "as it goes on, people will start to get out" he said. Some people in cities may venture to Seaside and other vacation settings as a way to try to relax and cope with the unfolding international events, he said.

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