The state's hotel market was slightly worse than the Denvermetro area's performance. As earlier reported in GlobeSt.com, themetro area hotels averaged a 53.6% vacancy rate in April.The lasttime the state's occupancy rate was worse was in 1988, when theoccupancy rate stood at 45.6%, Bob Benton, of Robert S. Benton& Associates, the author of the report, tells GlobeSt.com.

In April 2002, the average occupancy rate was 56.6%.

The average room rate in the state's hotels also fell.Room ratesaveraged $83.06 in April, compared with $88.29 in April 2002.

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