Hotel occupancy in the Tacoma area was down 5.4 percent in February, the largest margin among eight regions in the state. Southwest Washington and the Tri-Cities also showed declines, down by 4.9 percent and 0.3 percent respectively when compared to February 2011.
Statewide, the occupancy rate was up by 4.2 percent, with Northwest Washington, up 19 percent, and Spokane and Eastern Washington, up 10.2 percent, leading the list, according to a monthly report by Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood.
In the Tacoma area, 59.2 percent of rooms were occupied in February, down from 62.6 percent. Statewide, 62.6 percent of rooms were taken. Bellevue marked the highest percentage of rooms occupied, at 67.9 percent.
The average daily room rate in the Tacoma area, $97.02, was down 0.3 percent from February 2011. The statewide average, $112.63, rose 4.2 percent over the year. Bellevue again reported the highest average daily rate in February at $135.44, up 6.8 percent from $126.85.
The occupancy rate in Oregon fell 2.9 percent in February, down from 60.5 percent to 58.7 percent, Rood said. The statewide rate in Idaho rose 1.5 percent to see 50.4 percent of rooms taken.