OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) – When the weather is pleasant and gas prices are low you’ll see busy rest stops in mid-Michigan as people travel through the area for festivals, road trips and other tourist attractions.
Tourism in mid-Michigan is up this summer even after seeing a record number in travel last year.
Travel Michigan Public Relations Manager Michelle Grinnell says hotel occupancy rates serves as a key indicator to measure the number of visitors in the area.
On a state-wide average the occupancy rate is at 57 percent for the year to date. That’s up over two percent from last year.
There is also an increase in tourism with an average daily occupancy rate of four-and-a-half percent higher per room.
“Hotel occupancy for our region, The Greater Lansing region is up three points from last year and that represents about 30,000 more room nights occupied.”
And Jack Schripsema of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau says those filled rooms bring an economic surplus to the region.
“Research shows that visitors to our region that spend at least one night overnight spend about $256 in the region.”