Columbia lodges proceed to really feel impacts of COVID-19 pandemic
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Columbia hotels continue to try to keep pace with the coronavirus that many have stopped traveling to.
According to figures from the Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the number of hotels in Columbia City since September, the findings, are up more than 20% higher than in 2019.
The companies have reclaimed some from the first major disaster during the epidemic. Prices fell to 21.5% in April.
Strategic Communications Manager from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Megan McConachie, said the fall months are hard to compare because events in sports such as University of Missouri sports are different from year to year.
Trey Propes, president of the Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association, said it would not be good if the numbers were so low.
“At least we haven’t stayed in the 20% where, you know, you can’t pay your bills, you can’t. No hotel can pay the bills 20% of the money they had years ago,” he said.
He also said that being in the 40% group is a good thing but there will not be enough space to pay off all their debts.
Propes said one of the biggest things that has affected companies in Columbia is preventing incidents.
“Perhaps Columbia has solved more incidents than most regions, and it is due to events, while Branson and the sea are not driven by events, they are also on vacation,” he said.
McConachie said that as many events such as the MU football game will resume, albeit a few, there will be a large influx of people to Columbia that would encourage a growing population.
“Even after only a quarter of a month away we still saw people in the town at the first house games being sexually explicit,” he said.
The conference organization and guests have been working to support hotel companies by informing them of changes to the COVID-19 health system.
The office has also launched its leisure activity to tell people how to get to Columbia safely.
“We are interested in enacting a law to preserve and preserve land and to wash our hands so that the people who are traveling, this is what we see now, that when they arrive in Columbia it is good for them and our community,” he said.
The project is being overseen by people living near Columbia.
The office also received more than $ 450,000 in funds distributed across three different areas: donations, security events, and advertising.
Propes also said that many hotels have lowered their prices to make room for more people, but said it may not work because people are not moving.
Propes said Columbia has been a bit more difficult than other places because it has so many hotel rooms if you don’t remember the festivals and other events.
“That’s what Columbia is built for. It has 40 hotels for this. It doesn’t have 40 hotels for the daily needs of people who come to Columbia with 40 hotels. They are not. They are probably 20 Hotels,” he said.
Propes said he is concerned about the property taxes that the hotel will have at the end of the year. He said it was difficult for businesses to plan for the future as they faced new challenges every day.
McConachie said the last few months each year with January are usually less frequent, and hotels need to be sick because it will be a long time before Columbia tours return to where they were in 2019.
Propes said because the last few months’ money in 2020 has been lost, hotels will continue to face difficult decisions as required by the owner of the Holiday Inn Executive Center.
“I think we’ll see more of this as people who are struggling to find a way through. Maybe, am I going to get away with this?
McConachie said hotels have told the Convention and Visitors Bureau that they are starting to see more businesses from entertainment, sports and business travel.