Thanks, alleged global warming

San Diego hotels' occupancy rate and prices jumped last month

Occupancy and average daily room rate of hotels in warmer climates have done well this year, and San Diego is one of the leaders, says Jerry Morrison of Encinitas-based Morrison & Co.

According to Smith Travel Research, San Diego's occupancy rate rose from 77 percent to 80.4 percent in March, compared with a year earlier, as average daily room rate rose from $137.19 to $147.99. San Francisco, Orange County, and Los Angeles also enjoyed increases in those measures.

For the year to date, San Diego hotel occupancy rose from 70.9 percent last year to 75 percent this year. Average daily room rate rose to $141.26 from $132.91. The other major California destinations did well, too. In March, the Phoenix occupancy rate was "an amazing 89.2 percent," says Morrison, with Tampa/St. Petersburg coming in at 88.4 percent.

The exception that makes the rule: occupancy in snowbound Boston year-to-date rose from 61.2 percent to 64.9 percent. In March, it rose from 68.9 percent to 75.2 percent.

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Occupancy rates are up and room rates are up and the hotel owners still rely on the taxpayer to supplement their bottom line by providing welfare benefits to the low wage low/no benefit hotel workers. If you think that maids and the like are low skill and not worth a decent wage or benefits carry your own bags and park your own car and make your own bed and launder your own towels.

AlexClarke: Oh yes. Hotel workers often have to augment their very low salaries by getting government transfer payments, or welfare. The same is true of Wal-Mart employees and workers at other companies that cruelly pay hourly wages at about the minimum wage.

Hotels also get subsidized at the time of construction. Hotel owners are like pro sports team owners: they beg for -- and get -- government handouts before they will construct a hotel. Best, Don Bauder

My personal hotel had Boston occupants in February and New Yorkers in March and April. No TMD cuts or TOT revenue. No minimum wages -- no wages of any kind. Cotton sheets, no a/c, just fresh air, private bathroom.

monaghan: That reminds me of the Holiday Bowl a long time ago. The winner of the league in which the Aztecs were in (forgotten its name) would play a selected outside team. The problem was that the league champ was almost invariably Brigham Young. The team's followers would come to San Diego and stay with locals. They would not go to the bars and seldom to restaurants.

The Brigham Young coach cracked, "They come with the Ten Commandments and a ten-dollar bill and don't break either." So the Holiday Bowl was not producing tourist revenue, as intended. Ultimately, the Holiday Bowl changed the method of selecting teams. Best, Don Bauder

It was the WAC, Western Athletic Conference. The Holiday Bowl was created after Arizona and ASU left the WAC to join the PAC 10 in 1978.I believe that the WAC ended it's association with the Holiday Bowl right after the change in the team selection process, being replaced, ironically, the then PAC 10. I've been to 2 Holiday bowls, but I never attended even a single one of the 16 games held when we lived in San Diego.

danfogel: Yes, I think it was the WAC, or Western Athletic Conference. Brigham Young dominated it for years. At least we saw some good quarterbacks when they played in Holiday Bowl. One was Steve Young, as I recall. Another was Jim McMahon. I confess I looked up others. One was Ty Detmer and another Robbie Bosco. I won't swear that all played in a Holiday Bowl. Best, Don Bauder

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