Hoteliers are taking advantage of the fact that many snowbirds will have to stay in Quebec this winter due to the border closures to the United States to offer them packages that could be beneficial to both camps.
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“According to our members, there is starting to be interest [pour les forfaits], but we believe that it will increase with the closure of the campgrounds ”, estimates Xavier Gret, President and CEO of the Association Hôtellerie Québec (AHQ).
About 15% of the establishments of its organization, that is to say 68 hotels, take part in the “snowbirds initiative” offering the possibilities of long stays to Quebecers who are used to going to Florida in winter. Offers relayed by Camping Quebec in its newsletters.
Parking and kitchen
A member of the AHQ, the Hôtel et Suites Le Dauphin in Drummondville offers snowbirds the opportunity to live for more than three months in one of their rooms starting at $ 1,599 monthly.
“We currently have 10 rooms with full kitchens: four-ring stove and large fridge. If the demand arises, we will not hesitate to fit out our suites with appliances and install kitchen hoods, ”says Étienne Aubin, marketing director of the GenCaM group, owner of the Dauphin.
For their part, the Jaro Hotels, which are not part of the AHQ, offer Florida lovers to stay for $ 50 a night at the Hotel Quebec Inn, with free parking and storage of goods.
“No cable or internet charges; parking for their recreational vehicle and no need to sign a lease. That’s a lot for people who might be tempted to leave for Florida as soon as the land border with the United States reopens, ”explains Nancy Robitaille, manager for Jaro Hotels.
“As it stands, any help is welcome at the moment,” drops Mr. Gret, who explains that the industry takes it for its cold.
“It’s amazing what we’re going through at the moment. The market is nonexistent. We try to find ways to survive, such as investing in long stays. We hope it will work with the snowbirds, ”said Mr. Aubin.