Berrien County hotels tap into Senior PGA fanfare | Pga

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Southwest Michigan accommodations and impartial rentals are benefitting from the influx of travellers this vacation and match weekend.

Tourism driven by the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship has been excellent for business, hotel house owners say.

Rita Downey, the standard manager of The Boulevard Inn & Bistro in St. Joseph, can notify how prosperous prior Memorial Day weekends have been – particularly when they coincided with the golfing tournament that arrives to Benton Harbor just about every other 12 months.

“There’s certainly a spike the place the PGA is worried,” Downey said.

Similarly, the Inn at Harbor Shores, which grew out of the event, sees a bump in reservations as a consequence of the Senior PGA’s patronage. The St. Joseph resort expects the company for the holiday, explained typical manager Brady Cohen. But he reported the event provides the included boost of company who continue to be earlier in the week.

“We appreciate the enjoyment and the attention that it brings for the group and the vacation resort,” said Cohen.

Not only do clients stay at the hotels, but they invest in food, buy drinks and use other features.

“The restaurant reaps the benefits,” Downey mentioned, in reference to the Bistro part of the downtown lodge.


The Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph delivers gamers and people a probability to stay near to the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

Cohen extra: “It’s not just occupancy. It’s all income centers for us: the restaurant, we bought the spa, we acquired the cafe on the home.”

Millicent Huminsky, govt director of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, claimed the weekend is primarily a earnings driver for local resorts.

“It does huge company for all the resorts, involving the gamers, in between all the media and spectators and volunteers,” she said.

Huminsky recounted situations the place persons grew to become recurring travelers to the region just after going to for the tournament. She and other community leaders have volunteered for the neighborhood showcase at the entrance to the event.

“This is (about) trying to give persons a taste of the spot, hoping that they’ll return and vacation in this article when there’s not a event likely,” she mentioned.

Inns aren’t the only entities who stand to gain. Only a handful of Airbnb bookings are left in the Benton Harbor region for this weekend.

The desire above the holiday and championship weekend is powerful enough that the Airbnb web-site prompts searchers to e-book promptly if they want to discover a remain.

AllTheRooms, a internet site which tracks Airbnb and VRBO listings, exhibits the average daily charge for stays in all cost ranges has greater in the last 7 days for both Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The improve is the steepest for the 90th percentile of listings in Benton Harbor.