The hotel occupancy rate in the Tacoma area rose 5.5 percent in September, the highest increase statewide save for Northwest Washington, where the rate rose 9.6 percent. Statewide, the rate rose 1.1 percent compared to September 2011.
In September in the Tacoma area, 76.8 percent of rooms were taken, up from 72.8 percent the year before, according to a monthly report compiled by Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood.
Hotels in the Spokane and Eastern Washington region reported the state’s greatest decrease in September occupancy, down 5.1 percent. Downtown Seattle and the Sea-Tac area reported gains of less than 1 percent.
The average cost of a room in Pierce County, $106.92 in September, was up 0.5 percent from the $106.34 reported in 2011. The statewide average rate, $130.77, was up 2.8 percent. All regions in the state reported an increase in rates, Rood said.
With 77.1 percent of rooms taken, the statewide occupancy rate in Oregon increased 1.2 percent over 2011. The average daily room rate statewide, $104.51, was up 5.7 percent.
In Idaho, occupancy was up 7.9 percent, to 73.4 percent of rooms taken, while the average daily rate, $74.67, was up 1.5 percent.