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Published on : Saturday, September 16, 2017
The report, from travel research company STR, shows that the occupancy at Atlanta hotels was up 30 percent from last Wednesday through Saturday over the same period in the year 2016.
At the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, general manager Peter McMahon said that the Hyatt Regency hotel picked up an “enormous” amount of business. It resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in incremental income.
Channel 2’s Sophia Choi spent the day surveying damage across DeKalb County left by Tropical Hurricane Storm Irma.
At the same time, the number of rooms booked in the hurricane affected cities including Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale fell.
The evacuees began coming to metro Atlanta last Wednesday and have been leaving in recent days, said Mark Vaughan, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mark Vaughan also said the timing was good, if the tropical Category 5 hurricane had driven people from their homes over Labor Day weekend, Atlanta would not have had enough hotel rooms to accommodate the need.
In addition to a 30 percent increase here, the Macon/Warner Robins area saw an 82 percent increase in occupied hotel rooms.
The hotel occupancy rate Chattanooga was up 40 percent, where as Birmingham’s occupancy rate was up 36 percent and 36 percent for Augusta, as well, while Orlando saw the growth of the hotels during Hurricane was 15%.
The year-over-year occupancy was down 39 percent in Melbourne-Titusville; about 38 percent in the Miami area; 24 percent in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton; and 18 percent in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Myers had a 4 percent decrease.
The increase in the hotel occupancy turned into higher prices.
The average daily rate in the hotels of Atlanta is $111.92, which is 18 percent higher than for the same period last year.