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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.

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Comments

Dennis Feb. 22, 2012 @ 4:21 p.m.

Wow! 41.8% vacancy rate is good news!

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Don Bauder Feb. 22, 2012 @ 9:27 p.m.

At least 41.8% vacancy is better than January of last year, when the vacancy rate was 42.8%. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Feb. 22, 2012 @ 8:44 p.m.

Hmm. Wonder why. Could it be that SD being a transportation cul-de-sac, the fact that those immense cruise ships that crowded the waterfront are no longer there or will soon depart, a steady decline in convention attendance, the loss of TJ as a tourist magnet, and the overall decrepitude of central SD are finally rendering SD a less-than-magnetic destination? Gee, if I didn't know better I'd say SD is going back to sleep as a tourist destination, and may slumber for many years.

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Don Bauder Feb. 22, 2012 @ 9:25 p.m.

Well, Visduh, you know how San Diego potentates think. When convention attendance goes down and the hotel occupancy rate is quite low, the answer is to build an addition on the convention center. That will cure things, won't it? Actually, that's how most city fathers think in the U.S. Convention attendance is plummeting while convention center building is billowing. So the answer is to build more. Smart. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Feb. 23, 2012 @ 9:35 p.m.

Danger! Irony is wasted on the fans of the potentates. In fact, they will take you seriously!

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Don Bauder Feb. 23, 2012 @ 10:35 p.m.

Don't worry, Twister. The downtown potentates have never taken me seriously. I have preached against their predations for years and I think they sit there and laugh. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 26, 2012 @ 5:29 p.m.

Agreed, Twister. PERSIST! Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Feb. 23, 2012 @ 11:18 p.m.

There's a politician approach for sure. "What we are doing isn't working, so we need to do more of it." Actually that reminds me of Gray(-hair) Davis' proposal to lengthen the middle school year. He didn't want to have new programs for that added month or six weeks of attendance, just more of the same-old, same-old. It wasn't working, so we needed more if it! Ah, gee.

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Don Bauder Feb. 25, 2012 @ 2:13 p.m.

Very good example of the mentality, Visduh. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Feb. 23, 2012 @ 8:32 p.m.

Hotel occupancy is low becasue the Convention Center isn't large enough to attract major conventions. When the Convention Center expansion is finished, then Convention Center bookings will be anemic because there aren't enough upscale hotel rooms. Equilibrium will never be reached. It's a vicious cycle.

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Don Bauder Feb. 23, 2012 @ 10:36 p.m.

Good, sarcastic points, Burwell, and exactly the situation. Best, Don Bauder

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