Hotels everywhere from Little Rock, Ark., to Houston were filling
up with evacuees from New Orleans and other areas devastated by
Hurricane Katrina, according to several hotel chains that advised
travelers who previously held bookings at the properties to double
check to make sure their rooms were still available.
Many hotels are
overbooked, especially in areas with a huge influx of evacuees,
including Alabama, Arkansas, east Texas, Florida, Louisiana and
Mississippi, the InterContinental Hotels Group. Guests with travel
plans over the next several weeks are urged to call (800) 331-0573
for room availability.
Hilton Hotels Corp.
was busy Sept. 1 transporting as many as 1,600 guests and employee
evacuees from 25 of its hotels in the New Orleans area.
A spokeswoman for
the chain said the evacuees would be first sent to Baton Rouge,
La., where they will meet up with friends and family. If they are
not picked up and continue to be displaced, then we are
transporting them to Hilton Family hotels in Austin, Dallas,
Houston and San Antonio.
Hilton said room
bookings were significantly increasing in such cities San Antonio,
Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, Memphis and other outlining
At least eight La
Quinta hotels in and around New Orleans were impacted by the storm,
according to the chain.
La Quinta, which
operates La Quinta and Baymont hotels, said its properties outside
the New Orleans area are open and are primarily accommodating
displaced residents as well as rescue and relief
travelers that have existing reservations or are planning to travel
to a La Quinta or Baymont property in the affected states to call
either (800) 531-5900 (for La Quinta) or (877) BAYMONT.
reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].
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