by Victor Lopez
MIDLAND--If you know someone trying to book a hotel room in town, they'll need a lot of luck. Most of the rooms have been reserved for two whole years.
It was the same thing at all the hotels NewsWest 9 spoke to. When it comes to the Permian Basin International Oil Show, it's just like in the Christmas story, there's no room at the inn.
From the Sleep Inn & Suites to the Courtyard Marriott to hotels in Big Spring, Stanton, even Andrews, available rooms for the week of Oil Show are scarce.
Many of the hotel chains NewsWest 9 spoke to say they've had reservations in the books since the close of the 2008 oil show.
Even with all the new hotels that have opened in the area, in the last year alone, rooms are still hard to come by.
According to Meshele Ephram, District Sales Manager for Sleep Inn & Suites in Midland, they have another event to contend with, at the same time as Oil Show, a high school band competition. That makes the battle for rooms even more difficult.
"I have group from El Paso, the Ysletta School District, they'll be here for that Friday night. Usually, they take the whole hotel. This time, I've given them 40 rooms instead of 71," Ephram explained.
Some hotels have put aside their competitive rivalries and are sending each other perspective customers in need of a place to stay.
The going rates for rooms during Oil Show are anywhere from $209 up to $399 per night.
Ephram recommends if your travel plans to the Basin don't include the oil show or the band contest, that you push your trip back to a week when hotels in the area will have a greater chance of room availability.