LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Hotels that surround Southwest Florida International Airport are seeing a boost in business, as flight delays and cancellations leave travelers and flight crews stranded.
The Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport off Alico Road is completely booked tonight. Director of Sales Joe Nugent says, "it's been exciting for us, we've had a lot of both airline crews and distressed passengers that, because of the weather up north, they've had to stay over with us. It's been nice to get a few extra rooms no doubt about it."
He says people are in pretty good spirits. "At first they're a little frustrated but then they realize they dont have to go back to the 5 degree weather and get to stick around. We house a lot of flight crews here and we're used to having them but even a lot of them now can't get out. The airlines are saying you need to stay put another night at RSW which they're not sad about."
Nugent adds, "I think they're taking it in stride, they understand the weather is bad they have to stay another night in Florida, we've been doing as much as we can for them. They're roasting marshmellows, jumping in the pool, eating dinner at the restaurant and all kind of comisurating because I think they are getting to network and talk to each other."