Hotel Room Stays Up in Ontario
Tourism is an important part of the economy in Ontario, California. Jobs in Leisure and Hospitality account for nearly 8 percent of employment in the City of Ontario, fueled by the Ontario International Airport and destinations such as the Ontario Mills, the Convention Center, and the Citizens Business Bank Arena. But another important segment to Leisure and Hospitality are hotels.There are 47 hotels in the City of Ontario – and according to the latest figures, rooms continue to be in high demand. The latest Monthly Lodging Report released by Smith Travel Research in February shows that occupancy rates in February 2015 Ontario were at 77 percent, up 5.6 percent compared to last year. The average daily rate is $81.33, up 4 percent compared to last year.For the calendar year, Ontario occupancy is 71.3 percent, up 5.4 percent over 2014. That means in one month alone, 114,470 rooms were sold. That is more than the number of rooms sold combined in both Pasadena, which sold 64,478, and Burbank, which sold 49,231.So what can be attributed to the increase? Some of this is directly related to the large events and conventions hosted at the Convention Center. These events included the California Landscape Contractors Association, International Network of Children’s Ministry, and the State Bar of California. Hotel room rentals are also supported by local events hosted at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, corporate stays for the many businesses in the area, and other regional attractions.“2015 travel spending in California is forecasted to reach a record $117 billion,” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Greater Ontario area is in a prime location to capture some of this spending – at the apex of three freeways it makes exploring all of the well-known Southern California destinations easy, from the Pacific Ocean to Big Bear and everywhere in between.”To learn more about the hotels in Ontario, click here.