Fall fell well for Tacoma-area hotels, with the occupancy rate up more than 9 percent in September compared with the same month a year before.
Fully 77.1 percent of available rooms in Pierce County were occupied in September, compared with 70.6 percent the year before, according to a monthly report by Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood.
Statewide, 77.5 percent of rooms were taken, up 6.6 percent from 2009. Among other regions of the state, the Sea-Tac Airport area showed the highest increase in occupancy, up 11.4 percent, while northwest Washington marked the smallest, up only 1.2 percent. All regions showed an increase over 2009.
The average daily room rate in Pierce County in September, $106.14, was down 3.5 percent over the year, Rood said. Rates statewide were up 1.4 percent to $122.78. Most regions saw a decline in average rates, with Tacoma’s decline the steepest.