Coast hotels filling up ahead of New Year’s Eve

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - With only a few days left until New Year's Eve coast hotel and motel rooms are busy checking in guests. According to officials with the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association, most casino hotels are close to being full.

And non-casino hotels are mostly 60 percent full. We visited the Four Points By Sheraton in Biloxi Saturday were there was a steady stream of guests at the front desk.

"As you look at New Year's Eve weekend, New Year's Eve itself. This year it falls midweek and its very popular people are going to be partying until the wee hours of the morning," said Four Points By Sheraton Manager Kenny Glavan.

Glavan says his hotel is filling up with people from all over the country like guest Bob Carmack, who drove with his girlfriend for eight hours from Florida to Biloxi to spend New Year's on the coast.

"What a better time than New Year's to try something different. And neither one of us have ever been here before so this is it," said Bob Carmack of Florida.

Like other out-of-towners, Carmack says he's looking forward to what he calls a New Year's adventure.

"I heard that the casinos are great here. They give you a lot of comps and it's a great place to come visit," Carmack said.

But not all guests plan staying on the coast for New Year's, others say they just wanted to spend their final weekend in 2013 doing something fun.

"I've never been to Mississippi before either. So hopefully it's a good welcoming experience and I can stay out of trouble and have a good time," said Travis Johnson of Florida.

"We were just driving through because we were planning to go to Florida and we just really like it here and we decided to stay here," said Benito Hernandez of Arkansas.

So if you haven't decided whether you plan to stay home or get a room for the holiday you may want to act fast. Hotel officials say the closer we get to 2014 the more expensive the rooms will be.

Glavan says his hotel was at 78 percent Saturday afternoon, but had a 10 percent increase Saturday evening.

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