ELKO – President Donald Trump is coming to Elko this Saturday to stump for Nevada Republican candidates, but his visit also is providing an economic boon to local hotels and motels.
Trump is making his first Elko appearance at a rally beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Mountain West Aviation Office at Elko Regional Airport mainly in support of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, who is up for re-election. Tickets are available at donaldjtrump.com.
Several hotels are sold out for Friday night, others are nearly sold out and others still have rooms, a random survey on Oct. 17 shows.
“We’re just on the brink of selling out for Friday but do have rooms for Saturday,” Callie Tregidga, director of operations for the Hilton Garden Inn on East Idaho Street, said on Oct. 17.
Baymont Inn & Suites on Spruce Road is sold out Friday night, according to the general manager, Bonnie Parker, who said “being close to the airport was a selling point.”
The Hampton Inn by Hilton on Cimarron Way, which also is near the airport, is sold out, according to the general manager, Lenny Martinez, who said “I believe we have groups coming for that event.”
Carrie Massie, sales manager for the new Home2 Suites by Hilton on East Jennings Way, said the hotel is close to selling out for Friday night, and bookings include federal government personnel and out-of-town reporters.
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“We are happy to support the security needed to make this rally successful,” she said.
The Ledgestone Hotel on East Jennings Way has sold out, and a large portion of the bookings are for security personnel, said General Manager Jolene Stone, who also said a lot of hotels have raised their rates because of the Trump rally.
At the Marriott TownePlace Suites on East Jennings Way, front office manager Chris Boyd said the hotel has had “quite a few people calling so far.”
At the Holiday Inn Express on East Idaho Street, “we’re pretty close to selling out. Coming into the weekend, we’re busier than we would typically be,” said Kaasen Koy at the front desk.
Gold Country Inn & Casino on Idaho Street is sold out for the Trump event, and the manager on duty, Britanee Lacombe, said “a lot of people are coming from California.” Across the street, the Red Lion Hotel & Casino is nearly sold out.
Still, there are rooms available in Elko.
Motel owner Barry Bhakta said as of Oct. 17 there were still plenty of rooms at the Rodeway Inn, Comfort Inn and Days Inn.