Yakima Region Lodging Update

While business at most local hotels is down, recent data shows some encouraging signs.  According to Smith Travel Research, Yakima County occupancy year to date (through August) is down 5% to 53.3%.  Meanwhile, the state average for the same period is down 7.5%.

Industry consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers project that on a national level demand for lodging will decline 5.3% in 2009.

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