Bryan and Kristen Deptula, owners of an inn in Rehoboth Beach, Del., are busy preparing for a big summer.
Aside from the inflow of guests staying at their Canalside Inn, the couple is experiencing higher demand for their spaces for events, like birthdays, weddings and corporate events. “That’s definitely caused us to need to hire a full-time person” to focus on these bookings, Bryan Deptula said.
They are hopeful and grateful that the worst days of the pandemic are behind them. “I’m grateful for even having survived COVID, and having been a part of this journey,” he said.
The resurgence in travel has required Deptula — along with other mom-and-pop enterprises and larger hotels — to hire more people. While it’s been a struggle to find reliable candidates, they know it’s all-hands-on-deck to make sure they’re prepared for the Summer 2022 resurgence of “revenge travel.” If they don’t find additional workers? They will do what they need to do.
“‘We’re gonna put food in our kids’ mouths, and we’re going to provide jobs for the community.’”
“My wife and I, and our employees will be on our hands and knees scrubbing toilets and sinks and bathtubs and showers, and being grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to do that because we’re gonna put food in our kids’ mouths, and we’re going to provide jobs for the community. And I don’t care that’s the price we have to pay.”
After two years of depressed demand, hotels are brimming with guests once again amid a boom in leisure travel.
Occupancy has bounced back, trending slightly higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to lodging data analytics firm STR.
Data from CoStar, a commercial real-estate data company, also revealed that hotels in the U.S. sold more rooms over the recent Memorial Day Weekend than in any prior year.
Even business travel is showing “its first signs of recovery,” the company said, as the travelers they surveyed showed “less negative” signs about their likelihood of traveling overnight for work.
Airbnb hosts bounce back from darkest days of the pandemic
Airbnbs, which are a popular alternative to traditional hotels, are faring even better, and on track to hit new records, according to data from AirDNA, a short-term renal analytics provider.
“Last year was the best year ever for the short-term rental industry,” Jamie Lane, vice president of research at the company, told MarketWatch. “Demand is about 25% higher this year than it was last year.”
In terms of occupancy, as of June 1, the top spots that are hitting their upper limits include North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Downeast Maine, and Pawleys Island in South Carolina, according to