Some Vail hotels sell out for Fourth
VAIL, Colorado- Hotels and lodges in Vial, Colorado are reporting sold-out bookings for the weekend and are optimistic that business this Fourth of July will measure up to previous years.
“We’re really happy because we’re sold out,” said Matthew Martinucci, regional director of sales and marketing for the 292-room Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. “It did not look like that a month ago. We were very concerned.”
But late bookings, including a big wedding, gave the Cascade a good push. The Cascade has been offering discount rates and running promotions, such as a photo contest, to draw in guests in the midst of a economy still mired in recession, Martinucci said.
Other hotels reported strong bookings thanks to the special events in the town.
At the Antlers in Lionshead, half of the rooms are being rented out to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which is in residence in Vail as part of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, said General Manager Rob LeVine. After the Dallas group is gone, the Philadelphia Orchestra and then the New York Philharmonic will be staying at the Antlers.
Reservations suggest that business at the Antlers will match what it has been in previous summers, LeVine said.
“I’m feeling more optimistic every day,” LeVine said.
LeVine said he doesn’t think this Fourth of July will be any less crowded than a typical Vail Fourth.
“I expect it to feel just like a normal Fourth of July,” LeVine said.
Christine Wight, operations manager at the Vail Racquet Club in East Vail, said the complex is also completely booked.
About one-quarter of the guests are from the Vail Lacrosse Shootout, a big tournament that runs through Saturday and brings dozens of teams to the valley.
There are also a lot of non-group vacationers there, many of whom are either from the Front Range or other mountain towns, Wight siad.
Business owners said they are also optimistic about the coming weekend – traditionally one of the busiest of the year.
“I think it’ll be a really good Fourth of July because the holiday falls on a weekend. If it was a weekday it might be a little softer,” said Steve Kaufman, an owner of the Tap Room bar and restaurant in Vail Village.
The latest reservations report, which looked at bookings through May 31, shows that hotel bookings were on pace with last year, said Kelli McDonald, economic development manager for the town of Vail.
Vail would be very happy to see Fourth of July business that is similar to last year, she said.
“That would be very good for us,” McDonald said.
While the Eagle County Regional Airport is closed for the summer for runway repairs, that shouldn’t have a big effect on summer vacations, McDonald said.
A 2007 study showed that only about 6 percent of summer visitors used the Eagle County airport to get to town, she said.
People are taking shorter trips closer to home this year, and that may mean more Front Range visitors this year compared to last year, McDonald said.
The “Vail All the Love” campaign, launched by the Vail Local Marketing District, is targeting Front Range visitors with lodging and shopping deals this summer.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or email@example.com.
For information on lodging, shopping and other Vail activies, go to http://www.vailallthelove.com
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