York County hotels should do a brisk business the week of the Democratic National Convention, according to a survey by the Rock Hill-York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A visitors bureau survey shows that while more rooms are available, the occupancy rates for the week starting Sept. 1 should be high at the 31 hotels in York County. The county has about 2,450 hotel rooms.
According to the bureau’s survey on Aug. 2 there were 574 rooms available for the week, starting Sept. 1 and ending Sept. 8. A telephone survey done Thursday shows that number has increased to 643 available rooms for the same time period.
The survey does not list individual hotel vacancies. Nor does the survey distinguish between convention guests and other visitors. Many of the hotels in York County held back some rooms for corporate or frequent guests.
The biggest jump in available rooms is from Sept. 4 to 6 – the days of the convention in Charlotte. President Barack Obama delivers his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 6. On each of those days the number of available rooms in York County increased by about 20 from Aug. 2 to this week’s update.
Earlier this week, several hotels reported more rooms available locally as the DNC organizers shifted guests to hotels closer to Charlotte. Organizers officially reduced their requests for rooms by 7 percent for the region.
Sixteen York County hotels had contracted with the DNC to provide 11,000 rooms for the convention. The contract required hotels to start holding rooms starting this weekend. Several hotels reported no early arriving guests.
No convention delegates are staying in York County. Members of the media and security staff are staying at York County hotels.
Several local hotel operators had said their vacancy rate should drop closer to the convention.
According to the website Charlotte’s Got A Lot, the Quality Inns in Rock Hill and Fort Mill and the Country Inn & Suites in Rock Hill have available rooms.
Don Worthington 803-329-4066