LAYTON — More people are staying in Davis County hotels these days, according to September statistics from the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report.
Davis County visitors also have one more hotel from which to choose.
The report showed occupancy at 60.3 percent, up from 57.7 percent for the same month in 2011, said Barbara Riddle, CEO of the Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
That compared to a state average of 67.2-percent occupancy for the month. The state numbers include tourist-heavy areas such as Southern Utah.
In addition, 939 more rooms are being filled even as the number of hotel rooms has grown.
The average daily rate, or amount paid for a room, has risen to $85.88, Riddle reported.
“That’s one area where we’ve seen movement with some change in government and military business,” Riddle said.
For example, not as many meetings are being held at Hill AFB due to federal cutbacks.
The Best Western Plus Layton Park Hotel opened its doors on Oct. 16. It is located in the Layton hotel district near a big retention pond.
That pond, part of the area’s hospitality trail system, is due to be completed by spring, Riddle said. The system connects hotels to landmarks such as the Davis Conference Center.
In the meantime, construction is underway on a new Hampton Inn Hotel in Farmington near I-15. Completion is planned for next spring.