Springfield Travel Statistics Feb. 2012 YTD 2012 YTD 2011 Information Centers Visits 1,356 2,782 2,525 Tourist Inquiries 1,104 1,835 1,084 Website Unique Visitors 50,183 94,239 54,434 Total Contacts 52,689 98,856 58,043 Airline Passengers 50,643 103,752 94,311 Springfield Hotel Statistics Jan. 2011 YTD 2012 YTD 2011 Room Supply 186,403 186,403 187,640 Room Demand 69,236 69,236 67,988
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!