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Coast hotels filling up as Cruisin' the Coast nears

Home 2 Suites in D'iberville says they are booked to capacity for Cruisin'. (Image Source: WLOX News) Home 2 Suites in D'iberville says they are booked to capacity for Cruisin'. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Four Points by Sheraton in Biloxi general manager says they book half of their guests a year in advance. (Image Source: WLOX News) Four Points by Sheraton in Biloxi general manager says they book half of their guests a year in advance. (Image Source: WLOX News)
MS Hotel and Lodging Association says coast hotels are at 80% capacity for the last weekend of Cruisin'. (Image Source: WLOX News) MS Hotel and Lodging Association says coast hotels are at 80% capacity for the last weekend of Cruisin'. (Image Source: WLOX News)

Just days away from one of the busiest times of the year for the lodging industry with Cruisin' the Coast officially kicking off Saturday, hoteliers say rooms are going fast.

Four points By Sheraton in Biloxi is located in a great spot for cruisers. General manger Kenny Glavan says they get repeat guests every year.
 

Usually the day after they check out a year ago, we book about 50% of the reservations, said Glavan.

Glavan, who is also on the tourism and lodging association board, says it's not just an exciting week for his hotel, but hotels across the coast.
 

Last year we were sold out, and I expect the same thing no less. The entire Gulf Coast I'm sure will sell out the inventory, said Glavan.

Even though the events kick off Saturday, Glavan says the majority of cruisers will start rolling in on Wednesday; making the last weekend of Cruisin' the Coast the busiest.


We budget accordingly staffing wise and planning wise, so we can create the best experience for our guests, said Glavan.

Beachfront hotels and casinos aren't the only ones benefiting from the event.


We are sold out currently, and we've been sold out now for about over a month, said Stefanie Beaugez who is the Home 2 Suites director of Sales.

Home 2 Suites in D'Iberville is miles from the beach front strip, but  Beaugez says she thinks it's their unique layout and proximity to the promenade that keep cruisers coming back year after year.


Our hotels is all studio suites, you know in room kitchenettes. So, that gives all the comforts from home and it's in a very stylish modern contemporary environment, said Beaugez.

According to the hotel and lodging association, coast hotels are at about 80% capacity for the last weekend of Cruisin' the Coast, but they expect to see many more rooms booked each day.


The key is we need more of these signature events every month, and we will continue to work towards that, said Glavan.

Linda Hornsby, the executive director of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association, says they are expecting hotels from coast line to coast line to be near capacity by the last weekend of the event.

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