Ocean City sees record travel for Thanksgiving week
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City is reporting a record number of booked hotel rooms for the Thanksgiving holiday, with officials calling it a sign of the town becoming a year-round destination.
While complete Town-wide numbers are still a month away, hotels tell us they are seeing a bump in sales that exceeds pre-pandemic levels and trends.
Real Hospitality Group owns 6 hotel chains in Ocean City and tells us they are seeing their bookings up 60-70 percent across all locations. Those numbers mean that hotels can afford to keep more people on pay-roll, during the off-season months according to Real Hospitality Regional Director Dan Jasinski.
“Typically this time of year, we are cutting some jobs back, or some associates have to go on temporary unemployment, and that doesn’t happen now and no one is happier about that than everyone working in these hotels, that’s just more stabilized income for them because of that more year-round business we are seeing grow here,” he said.
He tells us that Real Hospitality Group’s internal analytics are predicting next year could be an even bigger holiday weekend, bucking all pre-pandemic trends of off-season travel.