Hotel occupancy up 2 percent during Trump’s trip to Mar-a-Lago

Hotel occupancy in the central part of Palm Beach County climbed by 2 percent during President Donald Trump’s visit last weekend when compared with the same time period last year, tourism officials said Thursday.

The President of the United States of America, Donald J Trump The 60th International Red Cross Ball at Maralago February 4, 2017 photos by CAPEHART

The President of the United States of America, Donald J Trump
The 60th International Red Cross Ball at Maralago February 4, 2017 photos by CAPEHART

Glenn Jergensen, executive director of the county’s Tourist Development Council, said Trump’s stay likely accounted for a few hundred nightly hotel room bookings. Those guests were members of the media and other officials who travel with the president, and not necessarily tourists, Jergensen said.

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Trump is set to return to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach this weekend. The president will arrive in Palm Beach County on Friday, and will be accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Jergensen said the tourism group hopes to start tracking the number of hotel bookings linked to Trump’s visits. The trips could provide a boost to the local tourism industry if they consistently bring few hundred visitors who stay for several days at a time, Jergensen said.

“If he is here for five days at a time that is going to make an impact,” Jergensen said.

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Local tourism leaders have said that Trump’s visits will also help raise the county’s profile as an international vacation destination for travelers.

“It is a very positive thing for visibility,” Jergensen said.

Trump’s return to Mar-a-Lago this weekend comes as a winter cold snap blankets parts of the northeast.

Meanwhile, Trump has said he plans to play golf with the prime minister during their time in Palm Beach County this weekend. The local weather forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s.