Inauguration: Priceless; Hotel Room: $605
Hotel guests paid an average $605 to stay in the District Jan. 20 when 96 percent of the rooms were booked, according to Destination DC, the city’s tourism arm.
Around the region, 87 percent of hotel rooms were booked at an average rate of $335.45 on the same night, the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
“Our city relies heavily on the revenues generated by travel and tourism. In today’s troubled economy, tourism, meetings and events keep our residents employed. We represent a $5.5 billion dollar industry that contributes $620 million in tax revenue to the District and employs more than 71,000 residents,” said Bill Hanbury, president & CEO of Destination DC.
The group offered other facts, like 14,750 pounds of pasta were served at the six official Inaugural balls hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the 555 gallons of chili served at Ben’s Chil Bowl during the week of the inauguration.
In January 2008, the average daily rate for a hotel room was 184.99 and the occupancy rate was 54.5 percent, according to the group's website.
Corrected and updated to reflect figures from Jan. 20th, not Jan. 19th.
Nikita R Stewart
February 9, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
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