Even with the existence of the once-a-year Turkey Run vintage-vehicle present at Daytona Intercontinental Speedway and a prolonged weekend for relatives getaways, many Volusia County hoteliers claimed occupancy and prices down substantially in contrast with last year’s Thanksgiving holiday getaway.
Compared final year’s vacation weekend, occupancy was down 20% and revenue was down 46% at the 91-home Sunlight Viking Lodge in Daytona Seashore Shores, reported longtime proprietor Gary Brown.
“It was very slow,” reported Brown, who additional that most of his company were in city for the Turkey Operate. “I talked with individuals who had been out at the exhibit and they informed me it appeared as busy as regular to them, but we undoubtedly didn’t get our share of them this year. I really do not know what transpired, but they undoubtedly weren’t listed here.”
Brown was between the resort supervisors who responded to an casual on-line survey about the weekend’s enterprise done by Bob Davis, president and CEO of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County.
In traveling spot roadways in excess of the weekend, Davis claimed that he observed fewer automobiles than in previous a long time.
“I consider that individuals were being not touring to other locations,” stated Davis, acknowledging the impression of the surging coronavirus pandemic. “There was no person on the highways. I was stunned. Whichever we received (in hotel attendees), we received and we’re lucky.”
Place resort supervisors are bracing for a difficult wintertime period, as the quantity of COVID scenarios is soaring nationwide and was poised on Monday to attain 1 million cases statewide in Florida. On best of that, the vital influx of Canadian snowbird site visitors is not arriving this 12 months thanks to journey limits at the U.S.-Canadian border aimed at avoiding spread of the virus.
That set additional significance on the Thanksgiving weekend for Brown and other hoteliers.
“I surely was hoping it would convert out to be a shot in the arm because I know our winter season enterprise will be down thanks to the absence of Canadian guests and the absence of wintertime guests who are not coming,” Brown reported. “I was hoping we’d have a very little enhance in this article to get us through until finally Christmas and New Year’s. It did not transpire.”
Quantities also have been down at lodges owned and operated by Ormond Beach-primarily based Elite Hospitality Inc., reported Manoj Bhoola, president and CEO.
Elite’s roster of location lodges involves the Ormond Beach Greatest Western Castillo Del Sol the Most effective Western As well as Intercontinental Speedway Hampton Inn by Hilton Daytona Speedway Airport and the Hilton Back garden Inn at Daytona Seaside Global Airport.
“Occupancy and rates at our hotels had been significantly lessen than very last year, as anticipated,” Bhoola stated. “We only noticed a few Turkey Operate guests at the Speedway resorts.”
The surge in coronavirus cases and the suggestions of health care officers to keep away from vacation and large gatherings also took a toll at inns owned and operated by Ormond Beach-based mostly Leading Resorts & Administration, stated Domien Takx, the company’s vice president of functions.
“We ended at around 90% of our 2019 revenues for the 3 days,” Takx explained.
Premier houses involve Hilton Garden Inn Getaway Inn Lodge & Suites Greatest Western Daytona Inn Seabreeze and Ocean Breeze Club Hotel, all in Daytona Beach front as properly as the Getaway Inn Express & Suites, Daytona Seaside Shores.
‘Continue to glimpse ahead’
The weekend was far more encouraging at other lodges.
Rooms were being offered out on Friday and Saturday at the 744-space Hilton Daytona Seashore Oceanfront Resort, the area’s most significant resort, claimed Jim Berkley, general manager.
“Room fees had been a little bit decreased than very last year same time,” Berkley claimed. “Our hotel hosted lots of Turkey Run attendees, as perfectly as classic holiday break vacationers checking out their Florida people.”
At 1 Daytona, throughout the street from the Speedway, rooms were sold-out on Thanksgiving Working day by means of Saturday at The Daytona Marriott Autograph Collection lodge and the Fairfield Inn & Suites, explained Nancy Guran, director of sales for both of those inns.
“We had a great 7 days with the Turkey Run guests,” said Guran, incorporating that occupancy and home prices both equally matched final year’s vacation weekend. “We had loads of individuals milling all-around and it appeared to me that the area restaurants have been extremely busy.”
At Tricky Rock Hotel, occupancy was 80% on Thanksgiving Day, with rooms bought-out on Friday and Saturday, explained Androse Bell, typical manager.
“We had a good amount of money in city for the Turkey Run and a good total of households picking out to celebrate with a staycation somewhat than a significant accumulating, just hanging out by the pool or at the beach,” Bell said.
Hard Rock also served a Thanksgiving buffet to 300 socially distanced friends around a 5-hour period at the hotel’s Avalon Ballroom, the place seating was readily available each indoors and on the outside deck, Bell stated. The hotel served the similar amount of money of diners final year, but in a shorter time body, he mentioned.
Weekend occupancy was at 75% at the 212-home Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, stated Rob Burnetti, the hotel’s basic manager.
“We had been down a bit from last year, but we understood that heading in,” Burnetti reported.
The resort did pick up very last-moment bookings produced by the Turkey Run, Burnetti explained. Nonetheless, the sum of other bookings tied to family members vacations fell quick of preceding a long time, he said.
“Those are the persons that would ebook additional out and fill us up quicker,” Burnetti said. “Typically, we see much more family members coming to city. If they did journey this yr, they did not continue to be in inns.”
On the lookout in advance, Burnetti reported the lodge is on rate to fulfill its lowered anticipations in the course of the pandemic, when business remains down from 40% to 60%. On Tuesday, the hotel is reopening its Indulge Spa by appointment only at diminished potential.
“Make no blunder, the numbers go on to be down, but I’m in the second proper now,” he reported. “I really do not count on things to be good, but no matter what will come our way, we’re heading to take edge of it and proceed to appear in advance.”