Irma couldn’t impact tourism as it’s expected to rebound in a powerful manner in 2018

Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017

IrmaThe rate of the occupancy at Manatee County hotels dropped somewhat to 74 percent. This was a decrease of four-tenths of a percent from the month of October 2016 to August of this year even though visitor number in terms of spending time in the area increased.

“There has been a very significant increase in room inventory,” Walter Klages of Data Research explained the modest decline.

Klages made his statements toward the members of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council at the time of their Monday meeting in the Manatee County Commission Chambers.

“As inventory increases, the new properties benefit from being new, and the older properties have a marketing challenge,” Klages said.

The room revenue grew 2.3 percent at that time, he explained.

Manatee County experienced a strong spring and summer tourist season. However, the community went through a major hit last month with Hurricane Irma that actually destroyed all family vacation plans, airline flights, and hotel and restaurant reservations.

At that time, visitor traffic also increased to 186,940, with the largest share of visitors pouring in from Florida, a 5.2 percent rise from the same period one year before, as expressed by Klages.

To note, Midwest provided the second-largest bloc of visitors around 141,620, followed by the Northeast around 138,370 and Europe approx 87,390 respectively– all representing a rise in traffic.

The visitation was strikingly down from Canada, to 9.2 percent to 23,030 because of economic conditions there, Klages said.

He said that visitors, room nights and financial impact all increased between 2016 and 2017,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

arrow2Follow TTW
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo


  • 03 IMEX 2018
  • 03 wtm-africa18
  • 05 itb-china 2018
  • 05 KITF 2018
  • 06 PATA ORG 2018
  • 06 THSA 2018
  • 07 Digital-Travel-2018
  • 08 ShanghaiWTF 18
  • 09 APHIC 18
  • 09 brainlinx 2018
  • 10 Digital Travel Summit EU 2018
  • 10 ITE 2018
  • 11 questexevents 18
  • 12 Traveldaily 18
  • 30 PATA


Get our toolbar!
Review on