JACKSON, Wyo. — Lodging occupancy was down 8% in September and down 16% over the last six months compared to 2021, according to a recent report released by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
Lodging tax collections so far this year only fell about $50,000 compared to 2021. The most recent data reports $1,793,220 collected, as of July. The slight slip in revenue in spite of decreased occupancy can be attributed to increased room rates. In August room rates were up 7.1% compared to 2021, according to data released by the Chamber.
Visitation in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park was down 21% and 35% respectively, compared to September 2021.
In a different Chamber report released in October tracking August occupancy, Kent Elliott, director of destination global sales for Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce said, “The good news [is] when you compare our summer occupancies to the fiscal year 2018/19, we as a community are only slightly behind.”