Hotels and motels in the Tacoma area have once again led the state in the rate of occupancy declines. April figures from Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood show the occupancy rate in April in the Tacoma area fell 11.6 percent compared to April, 2011.
The occupancy rate fell by 13 percent in March and 5.4 percent in February, Rood reported.
Statewide the occupancy rate rose 1.4 percent in April. Only in the Tri-Cities, down 10.9 percent, and the Spokane area, down 4.5 percent, did the rates also fall. Northwest Washington led the state for an increase in occupancy, up 10.3 percent.
In the Tacoma area in April, 58.6 percent of rooms were occupied. Downtown Seattle led the state with 75.3 percent of its rooms taken, while 68.8 percent of rooms were occupied statewide.
The average daily cost of a room in the Tacoma area, $91.12, was down 4.8 percent on the year. The statewide cost, $114.40, was up 3.1 percent. Downtown Seattle led the state for average room cost, at $141.78, up 4.9 percent from April , 2011, Rood said.
The occupancy rate for Oregon hotels rose 0.4 percent in April, while Idaho saw an increase of 3.4 percent.