Hoteliers Brace for Hurricane Matthew Impact

ORLANDO, FL—With Floridians bracing for Hurricane Matthew, hoteliers in the state have been preparing their properties for additional stays, warning guests of incoming inclement weather and offering distress rates to evacuees seeking shelter.

“Our hotel is well prepared for the hurricane,” said Simone Kuska, director of sales and marketing at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, located about 10 miles away from Walt Disney World, via email. “We have a generator in case power goes out, we have half of our staff staying at the hotel to service our guests. We are running a full hotel for the next four days.”

Disney World will remain closed today. Guests currently staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel are being advised to “remain indoors through the duration of the storm,” according to a statement posted on the resort’s website.

Based out of Winter Haven, FL, southwest of Orlando, Legoland Florida Theme Park will remain closed, but Legoland Hotel will stay “open to admit arriving guests,” the resort stated on its website.

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld yesterday tweeted that guest cancellations will be honored without penalty if plans are modified due to Hurricane Matthew.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts is offering discounts to those seeking shelter. Mary Deatrick, the company’s spokeswoman, told the Orlando Sentinel that the majority of the operator’s properties are already at near capacity. Rosen Hotels & Resorts previously offered discounts in September during Tropical Storm Hermine.

Many hotels in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Lee counties are already booked solid until Saturday, NBC2, an NBC-affiliated television station located in Fort Myers, FL, reported on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to make its way to northeast Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina this weekend.