football season a boost for hotels in Auburn and Opelika | Local News


“We had a reservation at Opelika, but we canceled it when we got this one,” said Seessel, whose stay in Auburn this weekend was his first in history as he and Janet visited. their granddaughter attending Auburn University.

Wirth said she understands the competitive nature of booking rooms ahead of football seasons and said the energy is already there for next year, including September 17, 2022, when the Tigers face a game. rematch with the Penn State Nittany Lions at home.

“Football, we do a little differently because it’s based on our loyalty program because it’s so small, but we usually book rooms about six months in advance,” she said. “We laughed because we had a lot of Penn State fans calling for next year.”

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With guests ready, Wirth said this year that she has faced challenges hiring new employees, with many potential hires finding themselves not shown after applying. Wirth had to lay off all of her staff during the worst of the pandemic, and although they have all returned since then, she said the hotel still needs more help.

“We’re always looking to actively hire two or three new people; it’s been over nine months and we haven’t been able to hire anyone for six months, especially on the housekeeping side, ”she said. “People apply for jobs, and they never call us back or show up for their interviews. It’s frustrating and it takes time, and I’ve been there 30 or 40 times.


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