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|
|Savannah Historic District, GA||13.7||28||14.3|
|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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