Although the rate statewide rose 4.9 percent, hotel occupancy rate in the Tacoma area declined in March, down 13 percent from March, 2011. Pierce County also recorded the lowest occupancy rate in the state in March with 54.8 percent of rooms taken. Statewide, 71 percent of rooms were occupied, said Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood in his monthly report.
In downtown Seattle, 78 percent of room were occupied in March, up 11.1 percent from the same month a year ago. The SeaTac Airport area reported the state’s highest rate, with 74.4 percent of rooms taken.
The Tri-Cities, Southwest Washington, and Bellevue also reported declines in occupancy, down in a range from 0.7 percent to 7,5 percent.
The average cost of a room in Pierce County, $83.36, was down 2.2 percent from the $85.26 charged a year before. The statewide average rate, $114.53, indicated an increase of 1.9 percent over the year.
Statewide occupancy rates in Oregon and Idaho rose, each up 3.9 percent since March, 2011.