Christmas and New Years are busy times of year that have many people travelling from place to place. As families get bigger and move further away from each other, the need for a place to stay this time of year becomes more important. Many parents, as their children move away, downsize their homes so they do not have the space for people to stay.
Many hotels would close during the Christmas break but that is not the case any more. Theresa Vyvey, Manager of Ramada Drumheller states that "during Christmas time, we have a lot of families that come into the hotel. We also have a special during Christmas week so that any people that are coming to town that are visiting families in Drumheller, we recognize that and we offer a special rate for them."
Many seniors that reside in the seniors' lodges do not have space for families to stay. Vyvey remarks that "quite a few of our guest are people that are coming to visit their family members in the seniors' lodges." so there is a need for a place to stay.
Locals also take advantage of the use of a hotel as either giving a nights stay as a gift or even booking a room to have access to the swimming pool and have some fun. There is also the benefit of having more space if a family books a conference room for their Christmas gathering.
There are many more options for lodging over Christmas than in years past.