Tyler hotels and campgrounds filled at a steady pace Friday as those in the path of Hurricane Harvey looked to escape the storm.
“This weekend is generally a time we don’t see a lot of travel,” said Shari Lee, general manager of VisitTyler. “This is the first weekend after school started and the weekend before Labor Day. Hotel bookings are usually pretty low.”
Lee said Tyler hotels started to see an increase in reservations overnight and throughout the day Friday.
Staybridge Suites and Comfort Inn and Suites said their phones were ringing steadily with people asking about vacancies, and they anticipated the hotels filling up by the end of the night.
The Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites saw much the same, with a good deal of people calling to inquire about available rooms in the area.
Tyler campgrounds and RV parks also saw an influx of people from South Texas, though there still was availability in their cabins and at RV and tent sites Friday evening.
Tyler State Park is helping alleviate some of the expenses that come with evacuating during a hurricane by waiving its camping fee for people evacuating areas in danger of Hurricane Harvey’s projected path.
“The Tyler hotels are following corporate standard policies,” Lee said. “They’re not price gouging and they are making accommodations for as many people as they can.”