May hotel occupancy continues to rise with best month yet – Greeley Tribune
While summer has yet to arrive, the weather and hotel occupancy are starting to warm up.
Lodging figures from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association show that statewide, 66.3% of hotel rooms were booked during the month of May, the highest percentage so far this year. .
Boulder and the US Highway 36 corridor hit the state average with 65.9% and 66.2% occupancy, respectively, at average daily rates of $229.66 in Boulder and 171, $05 along US 36.
Other areas in the northern Colorado region, for the most part, exceeded the state average.
Longmont hotels were 75.4% full, with an average daily rate of $134.62.
Lodging properties in Loveland are 72.9% occupancy in May, with an average daily rate of $134.73.
Close behind was Greeley, with an occupancy rate of 72.8% and a rate of $99.52.
Hotels in Fort Collins were 64.4% occupancy and had an average daily rate of $155.04.
Hotels in Estes Park, just entering their peak season, were 54.7% occupancy, with an average rate of $170.28.
Perhaps foreshadowing the summer tourist season, accommodation at Denver International Airport was the highest in the state at 81.7% — an indicator of renewed travel. Year-to-date a year ago, only 61% of hotel rooms in this region were booked.
While Colorado’s resort communities see seasonal declines — 32.1% occupancy for major ski towns — the Durango destination community was at 78.7% occupancy in May.
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