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Hotel occupancy, rates inch up in April

A group of new friends lounge in the water in their floats during Floatopia, a massive float party, which was held in Miami Beach in April.
A group of new friends lounge in the water in their floats during Floatopia, a massive float party, which was held in Miami Beach in April.

South Florida hotel occupancy barely budged last month compared to a year earlier, but room rates continued their steady climb.

According to data released recently by travel research firm STR, Miami-Dade hotels were just over 82 percent full in April. That’s up very slightly from the same time in 2014, but average daily rates jumped 6 percent to more than $214. Revenue per available room increased 6.3 percent to nearly $176.

In Broward, occupancy increased from 81.4 to 82.4 percent, with rates up 4.5 percent to almost $147. Per-room revenue increased to more than $121, a nearly 6 percent jump.

The Florida Keys saw occupancy of nearly 84 percent, up from 82.1 percent. Rates ticked up a bit to about $300, and per-room revenue incrased 3.3 percent to more than $252.

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