The San Diego hotel business had a booming May compared with a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research.
The occupancy rate in May rose 1.9 percent to 76.3 percent — topping growth of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County.
The occupancy rate for the year to date through May was up 4.5 percent to 76.2 percent — also topping the three other major metro California areas.
"San Diego had a very good May with both occupancy and average daily room rate up," says Jerry Morrison, Encinitas-based lodging-industry consultant. The average daily room rate for the year to date, compared with the same period of 2014, rose 6.6 percent to $144.49.