Yakima County Weathering Storm

While the poor economy has affected travel to the region, data suggests that for the lodging sector the economic turmoil is not as severe as in other areas of Washington. According to Smith Travel Research, hotel occupancies January through June were down 4.9% in Yakima County, compared to -8.3% in the rest of the state.  The total number of sleeping rooms sold in Yakima county this year is virtually the same as 2008 while the rest of the state has seen a decline of 8%.

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