April 2011 posted better numbers for hotels...

May 23 2011 | Latest News
Area hotels hosted more guests in April over 2010
Thursday, May 19, 2011
BY: CityBusiness staff reports

New Orleans area hotels had the fourth highest occupancy rate in April among the Top 25 markets Smith Travel Research tracks. The 75.9 percent rate was down from 78.7 percent in March but up from 71.8 percent in April 2010.

New York had the highest rate at 83.9 percent, while the Detroit area had the lowest at 55.8 percent.
Meanwhile, rooms in the New Orleans area were the sixth most expensive at an average of $137.70 a night, down slightly from $139.86 in March but more than the $130.20 average during the same month a year ago. The New York area wasthe most expensive at $81.23.

The national occupancy rate was 61.2 percent, nearly equal to the 61.4 percent rate in March but higher than the 58.3 percent in April 2010. The average nightly room rate was $100.55, less than the $101.72 in March but more than the $97.81 a year ago.

The New Orleans area includes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John and St. Tammany parishes.•