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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 governor’s 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 of 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 leave the house and travel again,” said Sommers. The Put-in-Bay Resort, the island’s largest hotel and home to the famous Blue Marlin Swim-up Bar was 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 Attracts 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virtually all of April and a significant part of May bookings as Ohioans were ordered to “stay at home” This order was rescinded several weeks ago.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. Much like the mainland, businesses here adapted to carry out only other familiar precautions, said 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 has 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 attractions offered statewide, it is expected to fare better than many surrounding states. Ohio is blessed to have a great State Parks System and numerous significant attractions such as Kings Island, Cedar Point, The Columbus Zoo, the 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 top-rated northern Ohio attractions, over the next few days.

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

The Put-in-Bay Community maintains an up-the-minute Put-in-Bay COVID 19 guide with information on how local businesses prepare for tourists’ return. Information is updated daily as the state or the local health department officials release it. Put-in-Bay Ferry Service operates 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.


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