The New Year brings big hotel bookings

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Elizabeth Vowell – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Even though 2010 seemed to be an odd year, at best, for those in the hotel industry, it's certainly going out with a bang.

"It's been real brisk and we're really excited," said Sheraton Four Points Hotel Manager Kenny Glavan. "The phone has been ringing off the hook. It's going to be a banner New Year's Eve."

"As of Tuesday, we were down about 28, 30 percent. And we've already picked back up to about 60 percent tonight," said South Beach Hotel Manager Stacey Senseney.

Guests are pouring in to celebrate the end of the year, and started arriving as early as last week.

"I think it's winding down this year and I think they want to look forward to a great 2011, so they're just looking for an extended experience," said Glavan.

The New Year's holiday is a great time for the hotel business. According to Glavan, the Four Points Sheraton in Biloxi only had a handful of rooms left in the hotel by Friday night.

"It's all hands on deck," said Glavan.

Throughout the year, hotels ride on the ups and downs of the holiday seasons, and New Year's is the last big chance to draw a crowd.

"This is a slow season historically for this area to begin with, but being that we are a new property, we've actually stayed a little higher than the hotels established in our chains. So, we're doing quite well," said Senseney.

"I think people are tuned into that and I think people are pulling for us to rebound and have a good year," said Glavan.

As 2011 rolls in, hotels managers are hoping to keep the good business rolling with it.

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