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Occupancy at Tacoma-area hotels down in December; statewide rate increases

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
February 8, 2012 1:01 pm

The hotel occupancy rate in the Tacoma area was down 1.6 percent in December, while the rate was down 6.4 percent for the year.

In December, 46.6 percent of rooms were taken in Pierce County, compared to 47.4 percent in December, 2010. Statewide, the occupancy rate of 52.6 percent for December was up 4.7 percent from the same month the year before. For the year, 69.9 percent of rooms were taken, up 3.1 percent from 2010, said Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood in his monthly report.

Most other regions of the state saw increases in December – with downtown Seattle up 17.3 percent – although Southwest Washington saw a decrease of 10.6 percent, Rood said. Statewide for the year, the Bellevue area saw the greatest increase, up 10.6 percent, while Tacoma showed the greatest decrease.

The average daily cost of a room in the Tacoma area, $81.80, was down 4.7 percent for the month compared to December a year before. Statewide for the year, the $116.37 daily rate was up 3.3 percent. All regions showed an annual increase in rates for the year, with the Tacoma area up 0.1 percent at an average $100.89.

Oregon occupancy was up 4 percent in December, Rood said, while Idaho reported an increase of 1.9 percent.

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