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Marriott hotels in Shuswap, Okanagan urging travellers to change plans due to wildfire evacuations

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August 07, 2021 - 11:29 AM

The manager of Fairfield by Marriott hotels in Vernon and Salmon Arm is urging travellers to change their plans this month as hotels are supporting wildfire evacuation efforts.

“Our property teams are in the process of contacting all of our guests with upcoming reservations in August to ask for their support in modifying their travel dates,” said general manager Ashley Olsen, via press release.

The City of Vernon has also asked residents to plan ahead in the event of an evacuation since hotel spaces are currently very limited.

READ MORE: Vernon asks residents to plan ahead in event of evacuation due to lack of hotel space

“In the days and weeks to come we’re working through how we will accommodate evacuees, while honouring existing reservations,” Olsen said.

Both hotels are at near capacity for the remainder of August, and are accommodating approximately 275 evacuees, support personnel, and law enforcement officers, according to the Marriott news release.

READ MORE: Wildfire burning in North Okanagan grows to 55,000 ha

The cost of these accommodations is being covered by the province.

“It’s critical that we free up rooms. Without these cancellations, at some point hotels in the area will have to make the difficult decision to ask evacuees to find alternate accommodations in order to house existing reservations,” Olsen said.


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