Hotel occupancy up 27.6% in October

An increase in hotel occupancy in the Tacoma area led the state in October rising 27.6 percent over occupancy figures from the same month in 2009.

In October, 71.2 percent of Pierce County rooms were taken. Statewide, 68.4 percent of rooms were taken, for an average increase of 11.4 percent over 2009.

Tammy Blount, president and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau, noted the large local increase Friday and said, “We have had a much better year for conventions, meetings and events. We’ve been diligently seeking that business. We’re also the beneficiary of increased military business, including contractors.”

Average room rates in the Tacoma area fell by 1.2 percent in October, to $97.97, said Bellevue hospitality consultant Wolfgang Rood in his monthly report. Statewide, the average rate of $115.98 was up 1.3 percent. The Spokane area saw the largest drop in rates, down 4.3 percent to $85.01.

All areas of the state saw an increase in occupancy in October, Rood said, with the Spokane area rising the least, at 1.6 percent.