PHOENIX – Winter is coming, and that’s usually a relief to the Arizona hotel industry, as it relies heavily on travel.
However, there is a possible sign of trouble for 2021, as nearly 70% of travelers to the United States consider withdrawing from plans due to covid-19.
According to a survey conducted for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, 69% plan to take fewer trips. 55% are ready to postpone them and 42% are likely to cancel them completely.
“Fall and winter will be long for the hospitality industry,” said Chip Rogers of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. “It’s been a tough few years, and we really needed this journey to continue, and it seems to be falling apart.”
While the national numbers don’t look good, Arizona looks set to go into the winter season, at least for now.
From large, spacious bedrooms to outdoor soaking tubs, Bill Nassikas says things are back at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort after a tough year and a half for the industry.
“It has been extremely successful, and the demand for recreation is what drives it,” Nassikas said.
According to several hotel groups, leisure travel has remained stable in Arizona and is in fact expanding, perhaps because of the way things are built in the state.
“Most of our business takes place in a resort environment, and I think people feel safer than the hallways of double rooms or hotel buildings stacked seven to 30 stories high,” Nassikas said.
The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association agrees with this, but adds that things are murky for business and group travel.
“We are seeing cancellations, which has a ripple effect, and that concerns us,” said Kim Sabow of AZLTA.
Nassikas, however, says resort hotels remain optimistic.
“As long as there is no big bend in the road, we will continue to see the demand for recreation,” Nassikas said.
American Hotel and Lodging Association officials said they fear layoffs in other areas are coming, and they fear that if another round of job losses occur, the industry could lose. those affected for good.
In Arizona, however, a lot of investment has been made to prevent this, and many hotel owners have said the biggest concern right now is finding good employees and there is no risk of layoffs.
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