SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN)– “It’s lots of people coming by way of our resorts in a really quick time frame,” says Vik Patel, proprietor of Haven Hospitality.
He manages 4 resorts in San Marcos — all offered out Wednesday and Thursday evening resulting from hurricane evacuees.
“Persons are coming with their entire households. A typical room may have 4 to 6 folks in there. Half of our properties have pets … and so our resorts are totally occupied,” Patel says.
He additionally says they weren’t prepared; the pandemic and ensuing enterprise loss had pressured them to scale down employees.
“This has been a glimmer of hope, however on the similar time, we weren’t prepared, our employees wasn’t prepared. We had been actually staffing down, so our employees is having to work over time… So that they’re form of getting rundown and drained,” Patel says.
San Marcos’ tourism bureau says resorts throughout town had been booked Wednesday evening.
“Wednesday evening, resorts had been at full capability of obtainable rooms. Because of the devasting results the disaster has had on our journey business, a number of resorts aren’t totally staffed; subsequently couldn’t open their resorts to the pre-crisis full capability.”
Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, San Marcos Director of Vacation spot Providers
A spokesperson for the Metropolis of Buda confirms all its resorts had been additionally at full capability.
A spokesperson for the Metropolis of Kyle didn’t have that info.
Patel says managing security has been troublesome with so many company.
“The wrestle we’re discovering is that numerous prospects are available and so they’re simply not used to staying at a lodge throughout COVID as a result of, you realize, they’ve all been staying at their houses … and so they’re not sporting their masks.”
Patel says all his employees are sporting masks and properties have sanitizing stations.
“We simply ask our prospects additionally to form of work with us and comply with process and we’ll get by way of this,” he says.