Tri-State Hotels Bouncing Back

Yet another sign our economy is bouncing back -- tri-state hotels are getting booked up once again.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 7:29 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2021 8:37 PM

In 2019 -- the occupancy rate for the nearly 40 hotels in Evansville was at 60 percent.

Then Covid-19 hit and it dwindled to the mid 40s.

"The hospitality business and restaurant business were hit the hardest," said Inder Singh, general manger of the Howard Johnson on Green River Road in Evansville. "When we saw the numbers dropped -- we were worried."

But now -- business is picking pack up.

"I've seen it pick up since the past two months," Singh said. "Not as it was in 2019, but we're seeing a slight pick up with occupancy, along with revenue because we do have our amentieis open -- like our pool is fully open now."

The increase -- thanks to events being brought back to the tri-state.

"We've got a lot of tournaments going on this year," said Jim Wood, president & CEO of Visit Evansville.

"We are looking forward to welcoming the teens and the families," Singh said.

Hotels are not back fully just yet -- corporate travel is still down.

"We are booking a lot of business in 2022 -- 2223 and 24," Wood said. "But we still have that cavern here in 2021 because a lot of businessess canceled. So, we are working feverishly to get back up to speed."

As for the owners at the Howard Johnson in Evansville -- they hope they continue to see more foot traffic.

"The goal is to make sure everything is back to normal for our guests," Singh said.

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