We seem to have almost as many hotels, now, as Chineese/Mexican restaurants. New hotels have gone up all over town. At least two more are either under construction or are proposed. Were all the hotels full this past weekend? Have we caught up with demand? Will the Chamber or The Mercury do a poll of local hotels and see if there were any not at full occupancy for an event that brought something on the order of 50,000 to town?
The taxpayer is pretty heavily invested in one of the facilities. That facility is, undoubtedly, the one with the highest rack rate. If a hotel price war breaks out, will that facility be able to compete?
Local hotels have been able to charge two and three night minimums on football game days. I’ve heard a number of people from outside the community feel this has been price gouging at its best. With the additonal rooms, are the hotels still able to book full with the multi-night minimum requirement? Or, are they having to actually only charge for the nights that are occupied?