Vacation rentals, hotels seeing boost in summer business | News, Sports, Jobs – FORT MYERS

The Lani Kai Island Resort has reported a busy summer on Fort Myers Beach. / Photo provided

The Lani Kai Island Resort has reported a busy summer on Fort Myers Beach. / Photo provided

For many hotels and short-term rentals on Fort Myers Beach, the season hasn’t ended this summer.

Short-term vacation rental operators say business is up about 40% over a normal summer. Hotels are reporting occupancies of more than 80% and as much as 90% according to information from hotel management and the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Even during weekdays, some hotels are reporting being fully booked this summer.

“We can definitely say we’re still in season and we’re usually out of season by Easter. It’s incredible,” Distinctive Beach Rentals owner Mark Loughrey said. His company rents out more than 300 homes around Fort Myers Beach for owners. They are renting at about 80% occupancy, Loughrey said.

Loughrey said the…

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