Put-in-Bay Reservations Break Record After Governor Dewine Announcements

The Lake Erie Islands Officially Open For Tourism

Shortly after Governor Mike Dewine gave the go-ahead for Bars, Pools & Restaurants to reopen, officials at the Put-in-Bay Visitors And Convention Bureau were overwhelmed with phone calls and online bookings. Local officials stated that midway through the Governors update, Put-in-Bay Reservations began to trickle in, and shortly thereafter the center was fielding six lines.

In what could be a positive economic sign for many statewide Ohio Vacation destinations and attractions, the Thursday surprise was a welcomed one. Ohio’s large number our seasonal watermarks, amusement parks, and summer camping destinations rely on a successful short summer season to survive year-round.

We processed over 149 Put-in-Bay Reservations from 2 pm to 8 pm when we stopped counting stated Manager Amber Sommers. “It was clear that people are ready to get out of the house and travel again,” stated Sommers. The Put-in-Bay Resort, the island’s largest hotel and home to the popular Blue Marlin Swim-up Bar were the first to open this year in April as an essential business. They were better prepared to accept the next few weekends of guests as their facility has completed the pre-season-opening routines stated officials.

Island Seeks To Attract Put-in-Bay Reservations With Special Offers And Deals

Local Hotels and Resorts lost virtually all of April and a significant part of May bookings as Ohioans were ordered to “stay at home” This order was rescinded several weeks ago, however, erroneous information continued to circulate that the island was “Closed” We’ve never been closed since returning from our winter closedown period stated Lisa Cooper, General Manager of the Put-in-Bay Resort. Businesses here much like the mainland adapted to carry out only and other familiar precautions stated Cooper.

“Much of the interest may have been sparked by local hotels offering May Dates At April Rates,” Cooper added “People are looking for value and they want to stay close to home right now,” Over 60 million US Residents reside within a four-hour drive window of the Lake Erie Islands. Local Officials believe families will be planning vacations closer to home and that does not involve air travel in the near future.

Many island attractions are scrambling to get open for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend Bash at Put-in-Bay. Strong demand for hotels and rental homes have had the reservation center busy daily and required extended hours well into the evening to deal with the demand. Many restaurants and local pubs have had to adapt to meet state requirements for social distancing and safe enjoyment of their facilities.

The State Of Ohio Expected to Win Big In Competition For Tourist Dollars

With Ohio’s diverse offering of attractions statewide, it is expected to fare better than many surrounding states. Ohio is blessed to have a great State Parks System along with numerous major attractions such as Kings Island, Cedar Point, The Columbus Zoo, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and so much more. “We’re focusing much of our marketing efforts in communities within a four and a half-hour drive” State Tourism officials stated. Announcements are expected from Cedar Point and Kalahari REsort two other very popular northern Ohio attractions over the next few days.

Put-in-Bay Maintains COVID 19 Information With Up To The Minute Information

The Put-in-Bay Community maintains an up the minute Put-in-Bay COVID 19 guide with information on how local businesses are preparing for the return of tourists. Information is updated daily as it is released by the state or the local health department officials. Put-in-Bay Ferry Service is operating on a slightly reduced schedule as demand rises with the onslaught of positive information. The Central reservation center can be reached at 888-742-7829 for Put-in-Bay reservations or additional information about Put-in-Bay.