In August 2017, the South Texas Coast was hit by the worst storm the United States had seen in over 12 years. After Hurricane Harvey hit, headlines read that the area was “devastated” and “faces a long road to recovery”.
While the road may have seemed long and tenuous at first for towns like Port Aransas, Rockport, and Corpus Christi, the headlines are changing, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The area has made tremendous progress in its recovery, and the communities along the coast are looking forward to hosting travelers this summer. In fact, Port Aransas was named one of the top family vacation destinations this spring by TripAdvisor.
“The recovery and rebuilding efforts are coming along. We have a number of contractors on-site every day, including weekends. You see people rebuilding business and residences,” says Joan Garland, Public Relations and Special Events Manager for Port Aransas. “I’ve never seen people working so hard to rebuild.”
Diane Probst, President and CEO of Rockport/Fulton Chamber of Commerce, agrees.
“We’re resilient. We can do this. We can build this back. I’m so proud of the way the leadership and the community have stayed consistent and dedicated,” Probst said.
Garland said that Port Aransas, one of the biggest destinations in Texas for spring and summer travel, and the city had their grand reopening this past March.
Hotel, store, restaurant, and vacation rental owners have worked diligently to help ready the area for visitors this spring and summer. Thankfully, the beaches were unaffected by Harvey.
“The beaches are beautiful!” Garland said.
After the storm hit the area, TurnKey Vacation Rentals immediately reached out to our homeowners to make sure they were safe and worked with them as they began to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Our General Managers and Field Operations team visited each of our properties within 72 hours of being cleared for entry to help assess the damage.
As soon as it was safe to do so, our team – including TJ Clark, CEO, and John Banczak, Executive Chairman – traveled down to the coast to help with the cleanup efforts and donate goods to those affected.
By July 15th, 201 of our properties will be available to book. Between vacation rentals and hotels, Jeff Hentz, President and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, told the Austin American-Statesman 70% of accommodations are expected to be bookable by June 1.
“TurnKey has been in constant contact with our owners, and we’ve provided a list of city-approved vendors in our markets. We keep eyes on properties to update homeowners in the rebuild process,” says Rob Phillips, TurnKey Vacation Rentals Field Operations Manager.
With the support of its leadership, communities, and outside vendors, the South Texas Coast will be back and stronger than ever.
“I’d like to assure visitors that we’ve got this,” Probst said.
As of late May, a large number of businesses and restaurants had already been able to reopen, including favorites like Shorty’s Place Bar & Grill, and many more area staples will be reopening for business in the coming months.
“The South Texas Coast is and will always be an affordable and family-oriented vacation spot. Tourism will not slow down,” said Phillips.
And our reservations confirm that – TurnKey is on pace to have about the same number of bookings this year as we did last year.
According to TurnKey’s 2018 Consumer Travel Survey, most accommodations in beach markets are booked about 2-3 months in advance of a traveler’s vacation. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful South Texas Coast this summer.
“We have world-class restaurants, shops, and boutiques. It’s all locally-owned, and there’s a strong sense of community,” Garland said. “It really is a special place.”
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