Several Tulsa hotel managers say they are already getting a lot of calls from people wanting to book hotel rooms in May of next year.
Some hotels say that some weekends are already full.
Many events are happening in May next year, like Ironman, the PGA Championship and even the state’s FFA convention, but even seven months in advance people are already struggling to find available rooms.
Tulsa may be quiet now, but May 2022 is shaping up to be one of the busiest months in the city.
“Fall here has been good for us before, but May next year will absolutely be a month when people realize the opportunity tourism can create for the city,” said Ray Hoyt, president of the Tulsa regional tourism.
Some hotels are already on the verge of being fully booked seven months in advance.
“They look like you’re exhausted?” It’s light years away and I think there’s a lot going on,” said Stephanie Pomeroy, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites.
Pomeroy said when people call to book, they’re referring to multiple events like the FFA convention, the Black Wall Street Bike Rally, the Breeders Invitational, the PGA Championship at Southern Hills and the second Ironman Triathlon in Tulsa.
She said the PGA Championship weekend was particularly busy.
“We only have a little availability left and people book weeks at a time for that,” Pomeroy said.
Hoyt said the total projected economic impact is over $108 million and they expect 82,000 hotel nights to be booked in May.
“When you think that happens in just one month, it causes a squeeze on the whole market. The PGA, Ironman are all buying rooms at probably double the initial or average rate in May,” Hoyt said.
It won’t just be busy downtown, Tulsa hotels are seeing a surge in bookings.
“When BOK has things, it’s only downtown or when things happen in South Tulsa, it’s only there, but these events are really city-wide,” said said Pomeroy.
Hoyt said the Ironman race was smaller last year due to COVID, so he said it would be interesting to see this event at full capacity and on the same weekend as the PGA.
“The community is going to be packed, but again, we’ve probably never had a May like this, so I would say to residents to be patient, but the opportunity to be on the storefront nationally of these events is just going to show Tulsa’s ability to be a great city,” Hoyt said.
Hoyt and Pomeroy recommend booking early if you plan to stay in Tulsa next May.