Hotel occupancy was down again in the Tacoma area in May.
Of the eight regions in the state, three showed declines – with the Tacoma area showing the greatest dip in occupancy, down 5.5 percent for the month as compared to May 2011. The Tri-Cities (down 4.5 percent) and the Spokane area (down 0..6 percent) also marked fewer rooms occupied.
In the Tacoma area in May, 60.4 percent of rooms were taken. Compared to other regions, this was the lowest percentage of rooms taken. Across the state, 72.6 percent of rooms were occupied in May, marking an increase of 3.5 percent over May 2011. Downtown Seattle, with 83.2 percent of rooms occupied, led he state, according to Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood. The Seattle rate increased 9.1 percent over May 2011.
The average cost of a room in the Tacoma area in May, $100.98, was down 2.6 percent form the average rate recorded the year before. The statewide rate, $121.01, was up 5.5 percent. The Tacoma rate recorded the state’s only decrease in price, Rood said.
The statewide occupancy rate in May in Oregon, with 68.2 percent of rooms taken, was down 0.7 percent over the year before, while the occupancy rate of 63.6 percent in Idaho was up 3.1 percent.