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Forecasts keep Labor Day vacationers home

Weather worries kept many at home and away from the beach this Labor Day weekend. (Photo source: WLOX) Weather worries kept many at home and away from the beach this Labor Day weekend. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Four Points by Sheraton in Biloxi was almost full for the holiday weekend with 96 percent occupancy on Friday night, and 99 percent Saturday night. (Photo source: WLOX) The Four Points by Sheraton in Biloxi was almost full for the holiday weekend with 96 percent occupancy on Friday night, and 99 percent Saturday night. (Photo source: WLOX)
"We had a lot of cancellations last minute, especially for Friday night," said Sal Nazarali, manager of the Super 8 on Highway 90 in Biloxi.  (Photo source: WLOX) "We had a lot of cancellations last minute, especially for Friday night," said Sal Nazarali, manager of the Super 8 on Highway 90 in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. For many, it's a chance for one last warm weather getaway. But weather worries kept many at home this weekend.

"We had a lot of cancellations last minute, especially for Friday night," said Sal Nazarali, manager of the Super 8 on Highway 90 in Biloxi.

As soon as vacationers saw that the weekend forecast predicted heavy rains and storms, Nazarali lost about 30 percent of his business. He especially saw a decrease in one demographic.

"The people with a family that want their kids to go on the beach and enjoy the pool and all of that," said Nazarali.

But not all families decided to stay home. Benjamin Smith from Louisiana kept his family's trip scheduled.

"Got down here and it really wasn't bad. You know, it really wasn't too bad, until later on in the evening and it started raining hard and so we're going, trying to head on back," said Smith.

The reduced tourism numbers just meant more room for his family at the beach and the pool.

Just down the street, the Four Points saw steadier numbers.

"I think it wasn't as bad as it could have been, and I think overall we were able to recover nicely," said General Manager Kenny Glavan.

Glavan's hotel occupancy was right around 96 percent Friday night, and 99 percent Saturday night. He did have several rooms vacated at the last minute, but they didn't stay that way for long.

"Any reservations that were available were snapped up pretty quickly," said Glavan.

His hope is that those who did visit will go home with great experiences and make plans to come back.

"Next year will be even bigger," Glavan predicted.

Several of the hotels claimed that the gaming industry has helped keep their Labor Day numbers up because many visitors come to the coast for the casinos, rather than to visit the beach.

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