Business Journal: Scarce Hotel Space For Airlines

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Southwest Airlines uses more than 20,000 room nights a year in Sacramento to house its flight crews. But the Doubletree Hotel in Point West didn’t renew their contract with the airline … so their people now are going to Hawthorne Suites. And the Mexicana Airlines crews that had been staying at the Sheraton Grand, another large hotel … same story, so Mexicana’s gone elsewhere. 

Hoteliers say they like the steady airline business when occupancy is lagging. But Sacramento’s leading full-service hotels are doing well. These days they would rather have the higher-paying corporate clients, who might also use their conference rooms and other offerings.