The war on terrorism and the conflict in Iraq have brought some welcome business to hotels near military bases, which had been suffering from a slow economy.
About two-dozen military personnel are now in temporary off base housing in Wichita. In fact, the 131 rooms typically available at the on-base Air Capital Inn have been full since January, when 75 Army Reservists came in to boost base security.
The base has contracts with 12 hotels in the Wichita area to handle overflow housing.
Their guests include as Master Sergeant Ralph Babcock and his 19-year-old son, Airman First Class Jeremiah Babcock, both of the 931st Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force base. They've been living at the Candlewood Suites in Wichita the past few months.
The two Lindsborg men and their fellow reservists are in town handling some of the work left behind by the some 800 active duty airmen sent overseas.
Candlewood manager Jayson Prophet says he started seeing the increase in military business last year, with 13 percent of his revenues coming from military guests. So far this year, about eight percent of his business has been military guests.
At first, the military stays were for reservists filling in for McConnell soldiers going to Afghanistan. Now, it's a similar situation with the war in Iraq.
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