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Strong Start, Finish Benefits Eastern Lodgers

Alpenrose Inn near Stratton

A final tally of mountain lodging has been released by the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) with eastern lodging properties benefitting from a solid start and finish to the season, unlike their slower-starting western counterparts.


The results were an aggregated 18.6 increase in occupancy and a 16.8 increase in revenue compared to last winter for a sampling of some 6,000 rooms across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, and Quebec, Canada. 


The West, by contrast, dealt with a slow start to the season and saw that trend reversed as conditions improved. That meant a 5.8 percent increase in western occupancy, and an 8.8 percent increase in revenue.


“Eastern resorts capitalized on a stronger early season environment, while western resorts remained dry through mid-December,” said MTRiP’s Tim Foley. “Overall, things are looking pretty good as skiers and snowboarders returned to the mountains last season, financial markets created a sense of returning security, and employers started consistently adding more than 200,000 jobs each month – and that will boost consumer confidence in the long run. In combination, we have a lot of good news for mountain tourism.”


Photo: Alpenrise Inn, near Stratton Mt., Vt.

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