CHICAGO – The city of Chicago’s push to bring in more tourists and business travellers helped boost local hotel occupancy rates to a record level in August.
The mayor’s office says 86.4 per cent of hotel rooms were filled. That’s a 1.6 per cent increase over August of last year.
Average daily rates increased about $10 over last year, climbing back up near the pre-recession peak. The city noted that target was hit even though Chicago has some 5,000 more hotel rooms than it did before the recession.
On average, each hotel room brought in $164 a night.
The city said Wednesday the results were helped by the numbers of tourists and other leisure travellers.
Chicago currently gets about 43.6 million total visitors annually.