Hotel Occupancy Climbs in Utah

Hotel occupancy rates throughout Utah increased to 73.9 percent in August, up 4.4 percent from the previous year, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

While some local leaders attribute the gains to consumer tourism it's worth noting that bookings for rooms in the six months through January 2012 are 17.6 percent ahead of last year, the paper reported.

Utah’s lodging results coincided with those of mountain resorts across the West. Occupancy last month was up 7.5 percent year-over-year at the 265 property management companies in Utah, Colorado, California and Oregon surveyed by the Mountain Travel Research Program, a Denver-based data and research consultancy.