Lodging takes off during Presidents’ Day week
February 9, 2008
Historically, Presidents’ Day week has been a popular time to visit Park City.
And this year should be no different, according to Park City Chamber/Bureau Executive Director Bill Malone.
"It’s one of the busier weeks for us, and I wouldn’t expect anything different this year," he said.
Malone said the lodging report indicates that numbers will be higher this year than ever.
"The total for the month of February at end of January showed that February would be up four percent [this year]," Malone said. "That was the projection as of Jan. 31, so I would predict that Presidents’ Day will be as strong, or stronger, than ever."
Malone said Presidents’ Day is a popular time for tourists to visit to Park City because of the snow conditions and because it offers people an opportunity to get away during a national holiday.
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"It’s a popular time, especially since people know the snow has never been better," Malone said. "Our bed base goes up every year and we have a little more capacity in order to handle people."
All three resorts reported higher lodging numbers during Presidents’ Day week this year.
"The month of February looks like its up quite a bit," said Robert Foster of Deer Valley Lodging. "It comes in a couple phases just like any peak periods do. The busiest booking periods have continued now through the end of March."
The Canyons also reports healthy numbers for lodging during the next couple months.
"The great snow has given people reason to book all the way through March," said Elizabeth Dowd, spokesperson for The Canyons. "Early indications are that Presidents’ week is looking great, and with Easter falling on March 23, we are encouraged about March."
Dowd reports that, even though the lack of snow caused problems at the beginning of the season, business has picked up at The Canyons.
"We had a slow start to the season, but business has been very good since Christmas time," she said. "The local business is also looking good, as the great conditions have brought out the locals, especially during Martin Luther King weekend."
Paula Fabel, spokesperson for Park City Mountain Resort, said Mountain Reservations is seeing high lodging numbers again this year.
"We’re pretty much on target," she said. "It looks like we’re booking strong for Presidents’ week. It’s very consistent with years past."
Fabel mentioned that, since Easter falls on March 23 this year, spring break vacationers and Easter vacationers may coincide with each other.
"Most spring breaks fall in March," Fabel said. "This March we will [see higher numbers] because Easter falls in March."
Dowd reported that visitors are calling to make reservations for Presidents’ week from all over the United States, including the East Coast, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and more. Fabel reported that spring break month brings visitors from many destinations, including California, Florida, New York and Chicago.
Fabel also mentioned an increase in international visitors.
"Overall for Park City, that is something that we are seeing an increase in international visitors from different areas that we’ve never seen before," she said.