Along with all but two of nine regions in the state, the occupancy rate of Tacoma-area hotels fell in July. Statewide, occupancy was down 1.1 percent, according to Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood. In Pierce County, occupancy was down 2.8 percent over the same month last year.
In July in Pierce County, 80.3 percent of rooms were occupied. In downtown Seattle, 89.8 percent of rooms were taken.
The only regions seeing an increase were downtown Seattle, up 3.5 percent, and the Tri-Cities, up 0.7 percent. Snohomish County marked the greatest decline, down 8.6 percent.
All regions recorded an increase in average daily room rates. Pierce County hotels and motels were up 5.7 percent, to $90.82. Spokane recorded the highest increase, up 7.3 percent to $116.50. The statewide average, $143.45, was up 4.4 percent from 2007, while downtown Seattle, up 3.9 percent, stood at $190.27.