Being based out of a hotel in Vancouver, Washington my responsibility is that of revenue management (setting rates for the hotel). I was watching very closely on what type of travel patterns we would be seeing for not only Vancouver, but all of Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon, and was concerned that we might not see any uptick of travel as 2016 has not been a good year. I made the choice to be aggressive with our rate and offer a special that I thought (and hoped) would draw business to our hotel. I was also encouraged by hearing that AAA was predicting that the Northwest would see a 9% increase in people driving to see family which was higher than many other parts of the United States.
As the Thanksgiving week arrived we had more rooms on the books than we had seen in the last 3 years! This of course was great, have more rooms means more revenue which sure helps at this time of year. So while this was great to see, we are now getting ready for Christmas and at this point it appears that many people are staying at home. I have no idea why this shift is happening at this time, but I would venture that while we are seeing better economic conditions, most are still going to hunker down and celebrate at home to keep expenses in check.
So I do believe if you are looking to plan a trip you will see some great value in hotel room rates, but not so much with air travel based on the number of planes flying are still reduced. I will have a post about travel tips for traveling this holiday season, and also about looking for great deals.
If you traveled during Thanksgiving share your stories were did you travel to, how was your trip, what one thing would you do again, or not do again.