Hurricane Sandy’s Effects Make Bust, Then Boom, For Area Hotels
By John McDevitt
FT. WASHINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — The region’s hotels are seeing an increase in occupancy because of Hurricane Sandy.
Once its power and phone service were restored, the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington, Pa. saw an increase in business.
“We became sold out last night,” says Sarah Kramer, who works the front desk.
Ed Grose, with the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, says most hotels lost two days of business, Sunday and Monday, plus cancellations on adjacent days.
After sandy’s s wrath was felt, though, Grose says there was a pickup in reservations.
“After the storm, when there were mass power outages and flooding, then a lot of the hotels had seen people displaced rent rooms,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “And a lot of those folks are still in the hotels now.”
Grose says the pet-friendly hotels do very well when families need to relocate in a hurry.