shoulder season

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shoulder season (plural shoulder seasons)

  1. (travel industry) The time between high and low season in a travel market, or, if the market is divided into four segments, the time just below high season.
    • 2022 August 4, Paige McClanahan, “Stockholm Instead of Rome? October Instead of July? How Heat Waves Are Changing Tourism in Europe”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      When planning future trips, he echoed Ms. Vargas in recommending that people consider traveling during the “shoulder season,” which his tour company now defines as April and October — no longer May and September.