by Victor Lopez
PERMIAN BASIN--It's estimated to bring in more than $5 million to the City of Odessa alone.
The 2008 Permian Basin International Oil Show kicks off October 21st.
A couple of months ago, NewsWest 9 told you that finding a hotel room for that weekend was next to impossible. We've since learned, some things have changed.
Although hotels in the area have been booked solid for months in advance, there's still a chance you can get a room. It's just going to take a little extra effort.
According to Linda Sweatt with the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau, "Our hotels have been booked for some time, in fact, probably about a year."
Sweatt tells NewsWest 9 there is some light at the end of the tunnel, not only for Oil Show visitors, but anyone else who might be looking for a place to bed down, the week of the 21st, "We have had a couple of hotels contact us saying that they did have a room here and there. They told us the other day that some of the people that booked for an extra day, some of the rooms are opening up."
These rooms aren't going to stay open for long and it's recommended that if you are going to book them, you better book them now.
But it's not just oil show visitors that are feeling the crunch when it comes to finding hotel rooms. A high school tennis tournament is coming to town October 23rd - 25th, and they are struggling too.
'It's going to be the same scenario. They're going to have a hard time finding rooms," Sweatt explained.
If it's not the Oil Show or the tennis tournament that's bringing you to town, Sweatt has this advice to pass along, "You just have to check. There may be a couple of hotels here and there. Maybe that group, or if it's a family of several that's coming in for a reunion, they may need to stay a different number of hotels to be able to get number of rooms that they want."
If you're looking for a place to stay during Oil Show weekend, the City of Odessa's Tourist and Visitors Bureau recommends you call the hotels directly and ask them when and if they'll have any openings.