Hotels booked for weekend events - Philadelphia News

October 24, 2008 2:51:36 PM PDT
Hotels are nearly booked solid and, though, those left roomless will be seeing red.. The city's liking the fact that the tourists are spending lots of green. Every bed at the airport Hilton will be spoken for by tomorrow night.

In fact, finding any available rooms will be tough, if not impossible. In the city all 17,000 are booked for the World Series, the Eagles game, or a convention this weekend.

23,000 hotel rooms in the Philadelphia region have also been reserved.

The president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau says it all adds up to big bucks for the city and the hospitality industry.

"It's about $17-million with the playoffs of which is about ten to eleven is strictly from the World Series, another two-and-a-half million in various taxes," Tom Muldoon

That windfall doesn't include what fans will spend eating out at restaurants or on team paraphernalia, but the staff at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing realizes there is yet another plus

"We are in the spotlight right now and this has repercussions, not for immediate, but also for the future, people see Philly, people know everything there is to do in the Philadelphia area, so we're banking on it and saying, "hey, this is great promotion for us," Celso Thompson of the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia said.

Everyone in the hospitality industry is smiling this weekend, even folks in northern Delaware because there are some hotel rooms available there and they too are expected to get extra business.

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