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Cumberland County stands atop year-end lodging numbers

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Cumberland County continued its prominence in the hospitality business in 2012, leading all other counties in most categories for the year-end statistics with significant growth in occupancy, room revenue and sales numbers, according to a survey from Smith Travel Research Inc.

Cumberland County lodging establishments saw an 8.1 percent increase in room revenue over last year, according to STR's December and year-end survey of Central Pennsylvania tourism numbers. Cumberland had a room occupancy of 53.5 percent for the year, a 5.9 percent increase from 2011.

Revenue per available room was $43.32 last year, an increase of 7.1 percent from the previous year, according to STR. Room sales, a measure of bookings, increased 5.9 percent in 2012 over the previous year.

Lancaster County had the next-best numbers for 2012, with a 3.9 percent growth in its occupancy, a 4.3 percent growth in room revenue and 6.5 percent growth in revenue per available room, according to Nashville-based STR.

York County had the largest drop in occupancy last year. Its occupancy of 52.7 percent was 2.8 percent less than in 2011. Lebanon County had a 2.5 percent drop in its occupancy rate.

Cumberland County officials were expecting a good year for lodging business when they started looking at mid-year gains that hit double digits. That meant an increase in hotel room taxes that fund tourism and economic development in the county.

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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