September slowest month so far for hotels

Traditionally the slowest month for hotels in South Florida, September was predictably sluggish this year. But hotel occupancy and especially rates still showed growth in some counties, according to data released this week.

Information from Smith Travel Research shows that hotel occupancy in Miami-Dade declined by a hair, from 67.2 percent in September of 2012 to 67.1 percent this year. Average daily rates pushed up 5.5 percent to $127.69, and revenue per available room increased 5.4 percent to $85.64.

In Broward, hotels were 60.2 percent full, an increase of more than 2 percentage points. Rates were up 3.2 percent to $92.57, while per-room revenue increased 5.6 percent to $55.68.

Occupancy in the Florida Keys jumped 7.8 percentage points to 61.1 percent with average rates up more than 5 percent to $176.63. Revenue per available room soared 13.5 percent to nearly $108.

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