Hotels in San Diego-Mission Bay report that 90% of their rooms are booked on holiday weekends. This could be a sign of coming to San Diego before July 4th.
Wilchera Shore, General Manager of the Bahia Resort Hotel, said: “We expect the occupancy rate to be about 90% this month.”
He said the high occupancy seems to reflect most San Diego hotels. In Bahia, he said most of those incoming guests came from nearby states or California.
“We have seen many staycations,” said Cherashore. “A lot of California license plates.”
According to a survey by the Southern California Automobile Club, San Diego is ranked as the second destination for Independence Day on July 4. But San Diego isn’t the only hotspot, AAA travel expert Dougshupe said AAA predicts that 3.3 million people in Southern California will travel on July 4. Las Vegas and some national parks are ranked high on the list.
“It will be much closer to the pre-pandemic level seen on July 4, 2019,” Shupe said.
San Diego International Airport expects a 10% increase in passengers this holiday weekend compared to current travel. However, Shupe said most trips in Southern California take place on the road.
“People are ready to explore America and go there to explore the world again,” he said.
This growing demand has led to fewer car rentals and higher gasoline prices in some parts of the country.
But even higher prices are unlikely to discourage travelers, Shupe said.
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