When there’s significant demand for hotel rooms, compared to available room inventory, hotels will sometimes become bad actors and cancel reservations that were made at ‘normal’ prices. This comes up around special events. In college towns it may be around graduation, it happens around major celestial events. I’ve covered extensively over the years hotels that argue their regular price was a mistake rate and stick it to their customers.
But there’s another situation causing hotel reservations to be cancelled around a major event:
- The Army-Navy Game
- An influx of migrants
- And a legal obligation to provide shelter for those migrants
The Army-Navy game will be held December 9 at Gillette Stadium – the first time in its 133 year history that it will be held in New England. And people that have booked rooms for it are seeing their reservations cancelled.
[A] New Jersey-based travel agency said 60 of its reservations for game weekend were canceled by a hotel management company that needed the rooms to house migrants. ..The properties are part of Giri Hotel Management, which owns 45 hotels across New England, according to the company website.
According to the Governor’s office, any service members needing rooms on game weekend can see assistance from the state’s Executive Office of Veterans’ Services.
As with the Biden administration and the wall at the southern border, the median voter theorem holds. There are Massachusetts legislators pushing to require hotels to honor booked reservations rather having those trumped by the state’s Right To Shelter Law. In New York City, where there’s not even an Army-Navy game, Mayor Eric Adams has sought a suspension of his city’s Right To Shelter Law.
I believe we should have substantially more immigration to the United States than we do today. Our immigration laws are broken, and our administration of those laws are broken. It can take years to obtain an interview for a U.S. visa in parts of the world. Remember that migrants are chained to charity when the bureaucracy keeps them from obtaining work authorization.
Any move against illegal immigration should be accompanied by massive reform of the legal immigration system. In the meantime, if we’re going to decide that people who make it here will be treated with compassion, we need to make it easier to build infrastructure to support them, and we should make it easier for them to support themselves.
(HT: Paul H)