With hotels around the world facing an unprecedented number of hotel closures due to global warming, it’s no wonder hotel executives are worried about how much the hotel industry can withstand the inevitable.
Austin hotel owners, however, are not feeling too worried.
“We have been working hard to get our businesses back,” said David Cawley, chairman of the Austin Hotel Association, who has been working with hotel management companies and governments to plan for the future.
“This is a time of great opportunity for our industry.
We’ve got a lot of great projects on the horizon.”
Cawly is referring to the Austin Convention Center, the Austin Museum of Art, and a host of other new projects that are set to take place this summer and fall.
The Austin Convention Centers, which opened in 2005, has seen its stock price rise more than 60 percent since it opened.
Austin’s other major convention center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, has also seen a dramatic increase in revenue.
Cawry said that despite the recent economic downturn, the hotel business is still strong.
“When we opened, there was a lot going on, but now it’s really clear what we are doing is going to be very successful,” Cawy said.
“We have to keep that in mind when we are investing.”
Cawley said the hotel owners who have been preparing for the climate change storm have focused on providing amenities and amenities that make hotel rooms more appealing to travelers and tourists.
He said hotels should consider what kinds of amenities are more appealing, such as outdoor activities or the ability to keep guests comfortable at night.
“You can have a really great outdoor experience, but you have to make sure that it’s not going to overwhelm the other things,” Ceeley said.
Austin is home to the second largest concentration of hotels in the United States, after San Antonio, and Cawily said hotel owners are looking to make room for that increase in visitors.
“It’s going to create more opportunities to bring people in, so we are looking for ways to be more hospitable and accommodating,” Caaley said, adding that hotel owners need to look at their guest demographics to determine how to best handle the climate.