Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
Tourism Picking Up, But More Slowly in SD
The hotel business is gaining momentum in California markets, according to January data from Smith Travel Research.
Hotel-expert Jerry Morrison of La Jolla's Morrison & Co. notes that this January, the San Diego occupancy rate picked up 1.7% from a year earlier, to 58.2%. However, that gain was less than San Francisco's 2.6%, Anaheim's 10%, and Los Angeles's 4%.
San Diego's revenue per available room was up 3.1% in January from a year earlier, but that paled by comparison with San Francisco's 13.2%, Anaheim's 14.1% and Los Angeles's 8.3%.
Nationwide, there's "good news!" says Morrison. Revenue per available room was up in all but two of the major American markets, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.