L.A., Anaheim and San Francisco hotels see slight improvement in bookings
Overall, the news continues to be bad: The hotel occupancy rate nationwide dropped 5.4% to 59.8% in the first week of October compared with the same period last year, while revenue generated by available rooms fell 12% to an average $59.28, according to Smith Travel Research Global, an industry research firm.
But the data signal some improvements, however slight, in a handful of cities, including Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans and Boston.
For example, the overall occupancy rate in Anaheim â€” home of Disneyland and California Adventure â€” jumped 2.3% to 63.4%, and the rate for group bookings, such as conventions and trade shows, jumped 27.5% for the first two weeks of October, the traditional start of convention season.
Los Angeles â€” home of the newly improved L.A. Live entertainment complex next to the Los Angeles Convention Center â€” got good news in the form of an 18.1% increase in group bookings for the week ended Oct. 10, according to Smith Travel Research Global.
-- Hugo Martin
Photo: Anaheim's Katella Avenue, near Disneyland and the Convention Center. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times