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Poconos sees influx of guests in light of Super Bowl

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 27 2014 05:07:25 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 01:44:32 PM CST

The no vacancy sign in New York is leading a lot of Super Bowl tourists to the Pocono Mountains.

SKYTOP, Pa. -

The no vacancy sign in New York is leading a lot of Super Bowl tourists to the Pocono Mountains.

Local hotels are seeing rooms fill up quickly. That means big bucks for others in the region, as well.

Some business owners are seeing a 10 to 15 percent increase in sales. One hotel is completely booked, and others could be soon.

Close to 500,000 people are expected in New York for the Super Bowl. Those who need rooms, and some who don't, have to pay high prices or stay the required minimum.

“It’s pushed a lot of other business out of the area that would normally be more transient,' said Carl Willgus, president and CEO of the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau. "So we’re seeing some pick up from some of our hoteliers in and around the area for one and two night stays.”

“We’re close to the Meadowlands. We’re going to be very, very busy," added Douglas Hustad, vice president and general manager of Skytop Lodge. "We’re fully occupied for the weekend.”

Skytop Lodge expects to start seeing a lot of guests come in on Wednesday. The lodge has guests going to the Super Bowl and others living in the area trying to get away from the Super Bowl madness.

“It’s good for us, good for the community, and the spill over is helping us all out here,” said Hustad.

The lodge is also hosting a party for all the guests not making the trip to the Meadowlands. They even built a food truck inside to help serve food to all the people staying to watch the Seahawks take on the Broncos.

“You can get some great wings, and of course maybe some Philly cheesesteaks in there as well,” said Hustad.

Many said the area would be busy on a normal winter weekend. They are just calling all the influx of people this weekend a super bonus.

“All of the business people prosper because of that," added Willgus. "The restaurants, the bars, the retail, and obviously the recreation areas as well.
So it’s a win win for all of our businesses and something we very much look forward to.”

Some people are also renting their homes to people coming to the Super Bowl. Some rates are listed at $2,000 a night.