Hotels reducing rates to help attract tournaments

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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:00 pm

It seems like a perfect arrangement. Hotels in Sidney are extremely busy during weeknights, but there are a decent amount of vacancies during the weekend. What better way to fill rooms on the weekend than sports tournaments.

That’s what hotels and the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture are trying to accomplish. They are looking forward to the Eastern C volleyball tournament in Sidney Nov. 1-3 and a month later the Eagle Invitational wrestling tournament.

Bryce Baker, manager of the Best Western Golden Prairie Inn, said he knows the Best Western, Richland Motor Inn and Lone Tree Inn are each offering “significant” reduced rates for teams during tournaments.

Baker and Brandon Taylor, manager of Microtel Inn and Suites in Sidney, are each members of the Sidney Chamber’s sports and recreation committee.

“We’re trying to bring in more business and brainstorming to bring in more tournaments,” Baker said. “We’re trying to be as helpful as possible.”

Taylor added that Microtel has emailed athletic directors from various schools to explain its reduced rates for tournaments. It’s important for the hotel to know for rates that they are tournament teams asking for rooms before making the reservations.

“We’re working on getting tournaments and sports events here,” Taylor said. “We’re trying to be involved and do the best we can to bring events to Sidney. We’re more than happy to work with special rates.”

Chris Steffe, manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Sidney, says the hotel is working with Sidney High School’s athletic director to set a base rate for tournament teams.

Steffe said the hotel “absolutely” wants to help attract tournaments to Sidney. “Weekends aren’t as busy, so we don’t have a problem dropping the rates.”

Wade VanEvery, executive director of the Sidney Chamber, says adding the three hotels in the city is a great benefit for attracting tournaments.

“That helps schools and kids to have a good experience, too,” VanEvery said. “The people they have brought are really willing to work – they have fresh ideas.”

VanEvery is looking forward to the Eastern C volleyball tournament as well as a lot of other sporting events for Sidney to host down the road.

“We’re planning a very good volleyball tournament,” VanEvery said. “We will make them feel very welcomed.”