HOTELS STRUGGLE AS CORONAVIRUS KEEPS PEOPLE AT HOME

With people unable to travel, there’s been a lot of focus on how much airline companies are struggling. But they’re not the only ones.

Hotels and motels are almost empty, as people are staying put in their own homes. Toby Wilson with Hampton Inn in Tuscaloosa said that the hotel is still open for business and his employees are following health guidelines.

He said since they’ve lost two big weekends already, this is the worst he’s seen business in his 30 years of hospitality management.

He said when the state reopens, it won’t be an immediate switch back to normal. However, he’s looking forward to business picking up again soon.

“I think it’s more of a point, not necessarily, that hey, everything is going to be okay on that date,” Wilson said. “It’s a point where we can start looking at a ramp up. Maybe things ramping back up, we know it’s not just going to flip a switch and things just turn right back on. We’re already preparing for how we ramp back up and how long it’s going to take for us to ramp up.”

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