The number of Washington State bookings and reservations has declined since January, but reservations for hotels have increased in the past two months, according to a report released Tuesday by the Washington Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
In the first quarter of 2019, there were 8.5 million reservations, down from 9.1 million reservations in the first three months of the year.
Reservation revenue declined by 5.5 percent, or $1.3 billion, over the same period, according the report.
“While reservations are down in the Washington region, hotel room rates are up and bookings for hotel rooms have increased,” the report said.
“Reservation revenue in 2019 is down 5.4 percent from last year, while bookings increased 5.2 percent, with the increase largely driven by growth in the Seattle area.”
The report also showed that in the last three months, there have been more than 11 million hotel room reservations made for a total of 5.3 million hotel rooms.
Bookings for the hotels are up 2.6 percent, from the first six months of 2019.
The department also released a new analysis of the state’s hotels and properties, showing the average room size for hotels decreased from the previous year to $2,000, down 4.1 percent.
Resort rates in the state increased 5 percent from the second quarter of last year to 4.7 percent.