Montgomery County's hotels had a hot July, not due to the heat wave that blanketed the region, but because of the occupancy figures that hit an all-time record.
The 74 hotels in the suburban county had a record-setting July thanks in part to the Democratic National Convention, the effects of which spilled over to Philadelphia's collar counties, but most notably in Montgomery County, which saw a bigger-than-expected lift.
The county saw a 7.3 percent increase in occupancy this July over last year, according to the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, citing data from analytics firm STR. More than 200,000 hotel room nights were booked in July, an increase of 11 percent over 2015.
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Hotel room rates were up 13.1 percent over 2015, and revenue per available room, or RevPAR, was up 21.4 percent year over year.
Year-to-date occupancy for Montgomery County is 68.1 percent, a nearly 5 percent increase from 2015. Occupancy for a 12-month period is 67.2 percent, a year-over-year increase of 5.5 percent.
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