I’m still working to verify it with some other people, but a report I was given put Surfside being very popular at the moment, especially compared to other UOR hotels. If that’s actually the case, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them open Dockside before Portofino (by comparison, some of the more expensive ones like HRH have been having a little bit of a harder time drawing people in).What’s peoples general thoughts on Dockside opening?
Could we see this potentially not open until next summer?
I ask because I’m meant to be staying here in September (which is quite clearly not happening).
Isn't that really up to Loews though?So.... with the indefinite pause of EU and a significant downturn in tourism for the next year or two, what will Uni do with these properties? The shame is that they are complete and really nice, but they are really remote to the main resort.
I can’t see them running these both with any significant occupancy. Will they shutter them for now? I can’t see them being operated at a loss for too long.
Keeping them both open could be a strategy to kill the completion around them because they are a great value. Potentially they could snap the hotels up when they go bankrupt and extend their presents along that route.Yes, so what do you think their strategy will be? The fact is that while Loews runs the properties, Uni provides the transport and vacation packages. Without demand, what will they do?
I'd say that Endless Summer is more about doing high volume business than conventions.Especially with Sapphire and Aventura closed. All 4 of Universal’s newest hotels seem to have some kind of convention connection...and conventions aren’t coming back for a while.
I’m thinking you’re right on this one. I don’t think Universal can reopen Sapphire until conventions happen again. Dockside is sitting there ready to open. There might be some training issues (Dockside hasn’t really been open for any period of time), but that’s nothing Universal can’t work past.I could see Dockside opening before Sapphire reopens. From what I hear, Surfside has the highest occupancy rate of all the hotels.