SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — As Hurricane Florence makes headlines one day before the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, evacuees and visitors could converge on the Upstate at the same time.
That influx could strain resources including hotels in the area.
Prior to Hurricane Florence surfacing, many area hotels were already booked to capacity, add to the mix people getting out of the path of the hurricane and finding a hotel room is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Hotel rooms are at a premium, according to Jamie Trammell, general manager of the Hampton Inn Spartanburg Westgate. “We have at least half of our hotel right now booked for the equestrian games. Those rooms have been booked at least nine months or more in advance,” she says.
While others are looking for shelter from the storm, “people from the coast are starting to call and they’re looking for places to stay in the event that they need to evacuate,” Trammell says.
It’s the perfect storm for the hotel industry as rooms fill up and if you look online most hotels show they’re already sold out.
“Unfortunately we have very little availability,” Trammell says.
Available hotel rooms are on a first-come first-serve basis.
While many hotels have a no pet policy, the Hampton Inn in Spartanburg near WestGate Mall will allow people to bring their pets and keep them in their rooms at no extra charge during this weather emergency.