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Local hotels likely to stay booked for weeks due to Michael

Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:49:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Hurricane Michael has made a major impact on the area's tourism with hotels quickly filling up.

Visit Tallahassee said that's likely to be the case for the next few weeks. 

The county has been in touch with around 60 hotels in the area every day, checking on where rooms are available.

With homecoming this weekend, most hotels are at or around 100 percent occupancy.

The county had to cancel a state cross-country competition last weekend that had a record number of teams.

Tourism Director, Kerri Post, said with the city back up and running, it now serves as an important hub for others to use. 

"Our hotels are really feeling it. I mean, they've gone from, again, managing the influx of the evacuees with their incredible stories, the recovery crews coming in to help, the football, to manage all of that," said Post. "A lot of them, their reservation systems were down, so it is an unprecedented situation." 

Post said since most hotels in the county have been full, officials have reached out to neighboring counties and faith-based groups to find more places to stay.