Nashville hotels fight to regain footing in stormy travel industry

Honky-tonks are elbow-to-elbow on weekend nights again and traffic is back to being a headache.

But hotels haven’t enjoyed the same rushed return to normal business as other sectors of Nashville’s economy.

Tourism continues to thrive, with vacation travel as busy as ever. Convention and business meeting bookings, meanwhile, are slowly inching their way back. 

“Downtown Nashville relies very heavily on conventions and conferences, which have been slower to return than leisure travelers,” said Chelsea McCready, senior director of hospitality analytics at CoStar Group. “Leisure travel to Nashville has been fully recovered since last spring.”

McCready noted Music City Center 

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Thinking of taking an international trip? You’re such a contrarian. Only about a third of Americans are comfortable with traveling internationally now, according to the latest figures from Morning Consult

Why the hesitation? It could be all the required paperwork: passports, coronavirus tests and vaccination documentation. But mostly, people are afraid of crossing the border because of changing health and safety requirements, says Greg Pearson, CEO of FocusPoint International, a global assistance company.

“They don’t want to get stuck,” he says. 

But if you can overcome your worries about international travel, there’s a reward: lower prices, no crowds

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Extended stay hotels play the long game

As travel picks up and the phenomenon of remote work continues to blur the lines between business and leisure, extended-stay hotels are having a moment.

Last year, the average occupancy rate for extended-stay properties climbed to 73% percent, compared to just 56 percent for hotels in general, according to data from STR, a research firm. Now, big hotel operators and real estate developers are investing heavily to make that moment last.

 “There is a definite blurring of business and leisure that includes longer stays, since employees can work from anywhere,” says Daniel Finkel, chief commercial officer for TripActions, a corporate

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