“It’s not too, too far. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive for us,” explained tourist Tony DeMaria. “There’s just so much to do here.”
“The food and the atmosphere, and it’s close,” said tourist Nicholas Boldrey. “It’s probably the best golfing area here other than Corpus, and Corpus is a longer drive.”
After the outbreak of the pandemic, tourist numbers fell sharply. Officials feared it would take years to recover.
New numbers show that’s not the case. This past summer season, hotel occupancy numbers increased, even exceeding pre-pandemic numbers.
Tourists are back, but the island is still working on conferences and meetings to help out during the off-season. Numbers are down this year compared to two years ago, but they’re rising, and Galveston’s chief tourism officer, Michael Woody, believes it signals a strong 2022.
“We expect that,” Woody said. “We were really lucky during the pandemic that a lot of people came and experienced the island.”
More people mean higher prices. During the last spring break, the average hotel cost was $85. It’s $114 a night during spring break.
Short-term rental costs are also increasing. Last year it was $215 a night. It’s $254 during spring break.
“We actually paid more for a hotel for less hotel than what we got,” Boldrey explained. “We usually stay in a nicer hotel. We had to stop by our hotel to stay on budget.”
“Which also led to our hotels investing heavily to really elevate the product,” Woody said. “To add amenities, to add more services that are important to hotel guests.”
Some families are willing to pay a higher price to get away from their normal noise and enjoy what the Gulf has to offer.
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