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Panama City looks to restore hotel capacity

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:06 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Since 2018 Panama City leaders have worked hard to return the area back to the way it was before the devastation of Hurricane Michael.

Hotels were one of the main industries affected in town.

Comparing the number of rooms in 2018 to now there were once 2,100 total rooms in Panama City.

Today there are about 1,700.

This means, even with all the building and upgrades, right now there are 20% fewer rooms than before the storm.

”The total numbers of rooms that we have is then matched up against the number of rooms matched up against that night and then we look at the average. That gives us the total number of rooms divided by how many rooms are being booked. That gives us the percentage of occupancy,” said Jennifer Vigil, president & CEO of Destination Panama City.

Hotel Indigo is under construction in the city which will add 124 rooms to that total.

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