September lodging numbers up in Aspen, Snowmass
Aspen, CO, Colorado
ASPEN – Lodging occupancy in Aspen and Snowmass Village was up sharply in September, compared to the same month a year ago, but in Aspen, the price guests paid for their stay was down.
In Aspen, occupancy rates were up 12.7 percent for the month, though the average daily rate paid for accommodations was down 3.6 percent, compared to September 2010, according to the Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program, or MTRiP.
In Snowmass, occupancy was up 22.2 percent in September, and the average daily rate for the month was up about 14 percent, MTRiP reported.
For the months of May through September, the occupancy rate in Aspen was up slightly more than 22 percent; Snowmass numbers were up about 7 percent. In both resorts, the average daily rate was down slightly for the five-month period.
Rooms booked during the month of September for arrival in September were down almost 14 percent in Aspen, but bookings for all arrival dates were up 16.4 percent, according to MTRiP.
Bookings made last month in Snowmass for a September arrival were up 8.8 percent; reservations made last month in Snowmass for all arrival dates were up 35.5 percent.
MTRiP’s Aspen report is based on a sampling of up to 17 properties representing up to 1,506 units or 65 percent of the available lodging in Aspen.
The Snowmass report is based on a sampling of up to 10 properties, representing up to 1,433 units and 79 percent of the available lodging there.
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