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Hotels Are Seeing More Business. Here’s Where The Biggest Jumps In Occupancy Are

by SharonKurheg

More states in the U.S. are being allowed to wake up from their coronavirus-induced slumber and reopen. Some are taking advantage of these loosened restrictions and are traveling. The difference in hotel occupancy is already noticeable.

Hotel occupancy in comparison to the same time frame as last year is, of course, abysmal. But recent weekday-to-weekend comparisons are becoming much more positive, with double digit increases in occupancy.

Here are the “big winners,” as per an industry marketplace insight provider:

Submarket April 26-30 (weekdays) Occupancy May 1-2 (Weekend) Occupancy Difference
Galveston & Texas City, TX 26.1 57 30.9
Mobile, AL (Area) 20.1 47.8 27.7
Daytona Beach, FL 21.5 45.6 24.1
Corpus Christi, TX 39.7 63.3 23.6
Panama City, FL 30.7 50.8 20.1
Myrtle Beach/North, SC 15 34.2 19.1
Fort Walton Beach, FL 18.6 37 18.4
Cedar City & St George, UT 26.4 43.3 16.9
Pensacola, FL 35.5 50.2 14.7
Savannah Historic District, GA 13.7 28 14.3
Brownsville, TX 43.2 55.3 12.1
Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN 11.1 21.8 10.7
Prescott & Sedona AZ 25.4 35.7 10.3

Obviously, weekend occupancy is almost always going to be more than weekday occupancy. But it’s still nice numbers and shows a want for lots of people to see more than just the insides of their own homes.

From a positive health perspective, I was heartened to see that a lot of the locations were generally “outdoorsy.” Beaches, mountains, etc. A couple of towns or small cities but in general, more spots where people could spread out and not be around others too much.

From a potentially negative health perspective, I hope that if any of these hotels are reopening after a time of being 100% shuttered, they’re taking precautions to avoid this happening.

From a political perspective, I wasn’t surprised that nearly all of the locations are in conservative-leaning states. Or, in the case of Florida, which has been running “purple” for the past few years, in more conservative sections of the state. These are the areas that have been louder in wanting to re-open earlier.

Whatever the case, I’m glad for the hotels involved that some are seeing occupancy rate percentages in the 50s and 60s. I have my fingers crossed for all involved that everyone’s health is maintained and this trend can continued.

#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


Doug May 8, 2020 - 7:42 pm

Great news. Air travel is going up weekly too.

Hello from 36,000 feet over the middle of the country on another fun trip!

Christian May 8, 2020 - 7:53 pm

Interesting to see Fort Walton Beach so high on the list. Since we had to cancel out family vacation to Europe that was supposed to start next week, I’ve been eyeing a beach trip in mid August. I’m waiting to see how things go for a while first. In this area, I know the merchants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were screaming bloody murder about needing to reopen everything. Hopefully it won’t bite them as a result.

Stephanie Woods May 8, 2020 - 8:05 pm

Considering the numbers in FL, I consider these numbers exceedingly reckless and scary!


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