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Increase in occupancy at Tacoma-area hotels leads the state in November

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
February 1, 2013 1:44 pm

Pierce County hotels and motels in November led the state with an increase in occupancy over November 2011.

Occupancy was up 14.3 percent for the month, considerably higher than the state average, which increased 1.6 percent, said Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood in his monthly report.

Five of the state’s geographic areas saw increases in November, while three areas recorded downturns. The Sea-Tac Airport area saw the second-highest increase, at 7.4 percent, and the Tri-Cities noted the highest decrease, down 10.3 percent.

In November in the Tacoma area, 60.1 percent of rooms were taken. Hotels in downtown Seattle reported an occupancy rate of 71.6 percent, the state’s highest.

The average cost of a room in the Tacoma area was $87.85 in November, up 1.9 percent from $86.21 marked a year before. The average cost of a room statewide, $116.44, was up 0.7 percent. Visitors to downtown Seattle paid the highest average rate at $144.64, which was unchanged from 2011.

The occupancy rate for Oregon hotels was down 0.6 percent for the period, Rood reported, while occupancy in Idaho was up by 6.3 percent.

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