Put-in-Bay Hoteliers reported record occupancy for the Summer 2008 season despite area economic woes. The more popular hotels including the Put-in-Bay Resort, Edgewater Hotel, Bay Lodging Resort and the Commodore Resort all posted record numbers.
Officials attribute the rise to more families staying in the tri state area to enjoy the many vacation opportunities in their area as opposed to taking longer more expensive vacations. High fuel prices over the Summer season also kept travelers looking for more affordable local destinations. "Put-in-Bay offers a wide variety of family activities that appeal to all age groups" stated Paul Jeris, one of the owners of https://www.putinbay.com and one of the largest home rental agencies on the island.
Local hoteliers also are reporting a strong demand early for 2009 reservations. "Traditionally, reservations start tom come in strong in mid December, but we have already booked over 400 rooms for 2009" stated Mark Mathys, the islands largest hotel owner.
Officials report that the Put-in-Bay 2009 schedule of events should be complete and posted late in November at https://www.putinbay.com and http://www.putinbayonline.com Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-888-742-7829. Houses can be booked at 216-898-9951.
Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While "Put-in-Bay" is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800's, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels.