Workers set up a tent on the northeast corner of 30th and Broadway where t-shirts and memorabilia will be sold ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon on Saturday. | Photo for Muddy River News by Lisa Wigoda
QUINCY – Have you heard the rumor that every hotel room in Quincy is sold out for Friday and Saturday night in anticipation of former President Donald Trump’s rally at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon at 7 p.m. Saturday June 25?
It’s not true.
But it will probably be true.
Trump, the 45th President of the United States, just endorsed Mary Miller in the Republican primary for the 15th congressional district against Rodney Davis on Tuesday, June 28. Trump’s visit would be the first to Quincy by anyone who has served as president since Barack Obama, the nation’s 44th president, made a two-day visit April 27-28, 2010, during his first term.
Dax Fohey is the general manager of the Town and Country Inn and Suites, a 92-room property at 110 N. 54th, and president of the Quincy Hotel and Lodging Association. He asked the general managers of other hotels in Quincy on Thursday morning if they had any rooms available for Friday and Saturday nights.
At 11 a.m. Thursday, Fohey said the Quality Inn and Holiday Inn were full. The Fairfield Inn was full, but a few cancellations left a handful of rooms available. Stoney Creek only had one room left. The Atrium has approximately 20 rooms available and the Town and Country Inn and Suites has approximately 10 rooms.
“We could have sold them, but we were sitting on them just in case some of our regulars wanted to come in,” Fohey said. “We will vacate these rooms on Friday morning.”
By the time Friday night rolls around, “most parts of town will be gone by then,” Fohey said.
Quincy has 798 hotel rooms available
Deb Carstens, general manager of the Fairfield Inn, 4415 Broadway, said the hotel received a nice boost in visitors this week due to the Pepsi Little People Golf Championships. Trump’s surprise visit will also help greatly.
“It’s fantastic. We’ll take one every weekend,” she said. “It’s phenomenal. to deal with it. Bring it on.”
The Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that Quincy has 798 hotel rooms available.
People are still calling hotels, hoping to snatch rooms made available by last-minute cancellations.
“Once these rooms are canceled, they disappear within an hour,” he said.
People planning to visit Quincy at the last minute should expect to pay much higher rates due to the scarcity of hotels.
“Whenever your occupancy rate increases, many hotel systems are programmed to automatically increase their rates,” Fohey said. “It’s a bit like an airline. You arrive at 60% occupancy, your rates increase accordingly. You get 70%, they increase that much. We have not increased our rates because of this specific event. It’s just supply and demand.
Fohey said he sold a suite at his hotel for $295 Thursday morning.
“The woman said, ‘I’ll take it. I don’t care,” he said.
Cain: Airbnbs, Hannibal’s hotels are also filling up
Holly Cain, director of the Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau, said her office is getting calls from people in multiple states.
“A lot of them say, ‘I’ve been to these gatherings before, and I’m waiting and trying to get a cancellation room,'” Cain said. “I see emails from our hotels saying they might have a few rooms here and there, but they don’t expect them to have any by the end of the day.”
Cain also said hotels in Hannibal, Mo., are also about to fill up, along with local Airbnb locations throughout Adams County.
“I heard people were definitely following (Trump),” she said. “What a great draw for Quincy. We always love new visitors who have never been here. I think that’s what we’re going to see. It’s exciting.”
Fohey says hotels in Quincy are full about less than 10 weekends a year. He expected a quiet weekend.
“We had nothing to do,” he said. “Usually we have a wedding reception or something, and we’re fully booked. So when that happened, we were half full for that weekend. We thought we could give the personal.
“Then from June 10 to June 12, we doubled the number of rooms sold.”
The Holiday Inn, Stoney Creek, and Town and Country Inn and Suites have ballrooms that attract groups on weekends. Carstens said the Fairfield Inn focuses more on weekday business travelers.
“We really haven’t seen much happening until (the rally) comes around, so we’ll definitely take it,” she said.
An average person visiting Quincy will spend $250 per day
Cain says his office estimates the average person visiting Quincy will spend $250 a day. A crowd expected to reach 25,000 – many from out of town – would have a multi-million dollar economic impact.
They will all be in Adams County in anticipation of seeing Trump. Some even hope to meet him personally.
“A lady walked in (at the Town and Country Inn and Suites) this morning and had a letter in a big thick envelope,” Fohey said. “I guess 10 pages were rolled up in this envelope. She asked me if the Secret Service was staying here. I said I had no idea.
“She said, ‘Well, I wrote this letter to President Trump two years ago, and I never got a response. So I wanted to make sure he got it this time. If (Secret Service) were staying here, I want you to give it to them. I told her I had no idea who was staying here. She came out and said, “I’m going to get it to him somehow. or another this weekend.”
Hotels in Quincy
|THE ATRIUM HOTEL ON THE THIRD FLOOR||201 S. Third||217-222-2666||134|
|BEL AIRE||2314 N. 12th||217-223-1356||21|
|AMERICAN BY WYNDHAM||4122 Broadway||217-228-2700||58|
|FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES||4415 Broadway||217-223-5922||62|
|HOLIDAY HOSTEL||4821 Oak||217-223-7800||97|
|LIGHT HOUSE LANE B&B||3404 Status||217-257-5101||2|
|MICROTEL HOSTEL & SUITES||200 S. Third||217-222-5620||85|
|QUALITY HOSTEL & SUITES||225 S. Fourth||217-224-8378||64|
|QUINCY HOSTEL & SUITES||224 N. 36th||217-617-4282||59|
|STONEY CREEK HOTEL||3809 Broadway||217-223-2255||72|
|HOSTEL & CATERING THE GAS LAMP||1477 Maine||847-505-2053||3|
|TOWN AND COUNTRY HOSTEL AND SUITES||110 N. 54th||217-214-0400||93|
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