Summer Travel Season Ends on a Positive Note

The summer travel season has come to an end.  Unlike last year, this year’s summer travel season ends on a positive note – finally.  After eighteen consecutive months of year-over-year declines, we finally saw growth in the number of rooms occupied in Springfield lodging facilities.

According to the STR Report compiled by Smith Travel Research, Springfield’s first increase in occupied rooms since the start of the Great Recession occurred in June with a modest increase in occupied rooms of 0.8 percent.  The STR Report showed the increase in occupied rooms in Springfield in July was a more impressive 4.6 percent.  August was even better – a 9.2 percent increase in occupied rooms!