- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) - The impact of Hurricane Matthew continues to be felt in Kinston’s hotel market.

WITN-TV in Greenville reports (https://bit.ly/2ekuHyu) four of the city’s six hotels were flooded. The Hampton Inn on U.S. 70 Bypass had 21 inches of water on the first floor, where 26 guest rooms were destroyed.

General manager Travis Baker says the hotel still has no power and is awaiting an inspection of flooded transformers so they can get temporary power back into the building.

Baker said the goal is to reopen by the middle of next month.

Visit Kinston director Jan Parson estimates the city will lose between $70,000 and $95,000 in occupancy taxes due to the loss of hotel reservations. The money helps market the area to attract visitors and help with tourism.

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Information from: WITN-TV, https://www.witntv.com/


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