Lodging numbers up slightly

Southern Oregon innkeepers saw improved numbers again in August.

Four of six categories tracked by Smith Travel Research of Tennessee for the Oregon Tourism Commission saw gains during the final month before families with school children completed their vacations.

Occupancy increased to 72.2 percent, revenue per room grew 5.9 percent to $57.90, room demand rose 6.9 percent and room revenue increased by 5.9 percent to $15,764,590 at Southern Oregon hotels and motels in August.

Room rates fell slightly for the month, and room supply was even with the previous month.

For the year, occupancy is up to 53.6 percent, the average room rate increased slightly to $74.29, revenue per available room grew 4.4 percent to $39.82 and room demand picked up by 5.4 percent.

Room revenue, excluding campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks and vacation homes, rose 5.6 percent to $84,073,420. Except for room rates, state, Pacific region and national figures have all trended up as well.

— Greg Stiles

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