PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The times and weeks following Labor Day have been predicted to be when staff started returning to the workplace and enterprise vacationers have been restarting their outdated routines once more.
What You Want To Know
- Enhance in COVID circumstances is placing massive enterprise plans on maintain
- Enterprise journey can now be finished by video conferencing
- Accommodations at the moment are having to rethink their advertising technique as massive enterprise conferences haven’t returned but
- It is not clear when enterprise journey will return and to what extent
The rise of COVID-19 circumstances put many massive enterprise plans on maintain which can be resulting in a delay in enterprise journey. It’s not clear when that can resume or if new video conferencing applied sciences will take the place of journey for some firms.
Steve Hayes, president of Go to St. Pete Clearwater, says beachside motels have been doing properly in current months however that’s not the identical for these by convention facilities and airports.
“The inland motels, whereas they could additionally get leisure guests, they’ve predominantly been for conferences and conferences in addition to enterprise journey,” Hayes stated. “These two segments haven’t come again but.”
On the Hollander Lodge in downtown St. Petersburg, they’re promoting out on many weekends. Affiliate Basic Supervisor Tim Calandrino says whereas they’re staying busy, the place their guests are coming from has shifted a bit.
“We’re seeing much more staycations of individuals from Fort Lauderdale and the east coast,” he stated. “Additionally northern Florida and southern Florida, all converging on St. Petersburg.”
The Hollander can be getting a great deal of guests from northern states as they proceed to depend on individuals touring for leisure and repeat enterprise.
“We’re not getting that worldwide journey proper now when previous to the pandemic we did get numerous these worldwide vacationers,” Calandrino stated.
However as a complete, motels in Pinellas County are seeing robust occupancy numbers.
In April-July of 2021, motels have seen extra guests than in the identical interval in 2019.
“General, we’ve outpaced 2019 which is by all data a banner 12 months, and we’re undoubtedly outdoing 2020. We’re beginning to see that decelerate now,” Hayes defined.
September is often a sluggish month for journey within the Bay Space as college students are again at school. That’s holding true this 12 months.
Hayes says with the return of enterprise journey a giant unknown, some motels are beginning to change their advertising methods
“These are those which are having to relook at a few of their audiences and say, how can I pivot if I can’t get that enterprise traveler in?”
It is not clear when enterprise journey will return and to what extent.