Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

DENVER-Hotel occupancies statewide are up a hair, following a similar trend seen for metro-area hotels, shows the latest Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. For the entire state, hotel occupancy levels in July stood up 71%, compared with 70.8% in July 2002. As with metro-area hotels, as earlier reported by GlobeSt.com, this was only the second month this year that the occupancy levels surpassed the same month in 2002. However, statewide, the average room rate in July fell slightly to $96.44 from $97.45.

In the first seven months of the year, the overall average occupancy percentage statewide is 57.4%, compared with 59.7%. Robert S. Benton, the author of the report, tells GlobeSt.com that the occupancy levels in July are nothing to crow about. “Last year was a pretty horrible year,” so beating it was no great accomplishment, he tells GlobeSt.com.

July, for seasonal reasons, tends to have the highest occupancy rates, he notes. In July 2000, hotel occupancy rates stood at 74%, while they were at 79.9% in July 1999. They set a record performance in July 1998 with an 81.5% occupancy rate, Benton says.

However, there are some bright spots throughout the state.

Hotels that draw tourists who are driving are doing well, he tells GlobeSt.com, while destination resorts such as Vail and Aspen are hurting. For example, Durango hotels boast a 92.4% occupancy rate, Glenwood Springs an 87.1% occupancy rate, Salida an 85.7% occupancy rate, Montrose an 83.2% vacancy rate, and Estes Park an 81% occupancy rate.

Vail’s occupancy rate by contrast, stood only at 43.8% and Aspen’s hotel occupancy rate is only 74.1%.

The big problem, Benson tells GlobeSt.com, is that Vail and Aspen aren’t attracting the business travelers that in years past would book group business to the resorts for such things as medical conventions. That business slowed almost to nothing after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and hasn’t returned as companies and groups pinch pennies in the economic downturn, he notes.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 3 free articles* across the ALM subscription network every 30 days
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dig Deeper


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.