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In the case of predicting if this summer time can be good for St. Simons Island tourism, there’s little room for error.

It is because there are not any accessible rooms in any of the St. Simons motels till the tip of the summer time.

Scott McQuaid, President and CEO of the Golden Isles Conference and Guests Bureau, mentioned this might be one other file yr for tourism.

“We see that this summer time can be just like final yr’s file,” he mentioned. “We count on island occupancy charges to hit 90% and common every day charges to rise 7% year-over-year.”

St. Simons nonetheless has rooms accessible for the summer time, however McQuaid mentioned they’re restricted and costs are “very excessive.”

“We count on to see gross sales throughout peak occasions comparable to Independence Day week,” he mentioned. “We do promote throughout peak occasions and through main occasions, and we proceed to see this pattern.”

There are nonetheless areas accessible for short-term leases and mattress and breakfasts, he mentioned, however clients can count on larger pay this summer time.

A further issue helps to spice up native tourism this summer time.

“In a means the price of gasoline has helped us as the price of airfare performs in our favor as we’re a really robust drive market,” McQuaid mentioned.

Atlanta stays the No. 1 feeder market, he mentioned, and the southeastern states proceed to carry out effectively.

“Florida, Carolina and Tennessee are main the charts with good development within the Northeast and Texas market,” he mentioned.

Whereas the lodging trade within the Golden Isles is doing effectively, tourism-related companies nonetheless face labor challenges.

“Workforce scarcity is the primary downside in our trade…” McQuaid mentioned. “Inns and resorts are nonetheless limiting occupancy as a result of labor shortages, and eating places are additionally limiting days and hours of operation.”


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