Seattle’s resort business is on the rebound, with occupancy nearing 2019 ranges

Demand for resort rooms in Seattle reached 94% of 2019 ranges in July and 96% in June.

SEATTLE — New information from the Downtown Seattle Affiliation reveals downtown inns are making a significant comeback, with some closing in on pre-pandemic occupancy ranges proper now.

“We went from being one of many backside 5 within the nation to the highest 5,” stated Craig Schafer, the proprietor of Lodge Andra positioned in downtown Seattle on the nook of Fourth and Virginia.

Schafer stated the previous three years have been tough for the hospitality business, however Schafer stated they’ve taken a step ahead within the final couple months.

“It went from devastating and darkish, to reemerging this spring and summer time, past lots of people’s expectations,” stated Schafer.

In response to a brand new report from the Downtown Seattle Affiliation (DSA), downtown welcomed greater than 2.9 million guests final month, which is the very best whole for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report additionally reveals demand for resort rooms is the very best it has been since 2019. With demand for resort rooms downtown final month reaching 94% of 2019 ranges and 96% in June.

“It is refreshing in comparison with the final two years and we nonetheless have a methods to go,” stated Schafer

Schafer acknowledges the numbers could take a slight step again as we enter fall. However he is nonetheless grateful for the strides the business has made to get again on its toes and is optimistic tourism will see one other increase with corporations starting to journey and conventions reconvening in downtown.

“It is up and up, we’ll undergo the yr and simply hope that we have no setbacks,” stated Schafer.

The DSA report additionally identified that resort income on Saturday, July 16 was the third-highest income day in Seattle’s historical past at $4.3 million.