Local hotel occupancy better than expected

Hotels across America saw their worst quarter in history between April 1 and June 30, STR, a company that monitors the hospitality industry, said this week.

The average occupancy rate for the second quarter was 33.5%, the report said.

That improved in June to 42.2%

In Owensboro, things are starting to improve, a report for the Kentucky Association of CVBs shows.

The report says Daviess County had a 49.8% occupancy rate last week — down 29.5% from a year ago.

But still, half the rooms were filled.

Only Elizabethtown at 55.5% and Paducah at 52.8% did better.

Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the report is better than he expected.

To read the full article by the Messenger-Inquirer’s Keith Lawrence , click here