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Sep 20, 2012 9:24 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Hotel rates up, occupancy down

Tourism in Colorado Springs still hasn't completely rebounded from the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Hotel occupancy in July was 13-percent, but the month of August showed a significant increase in tourism traffic. Occupancy for last month was at 3.3-percent. Rates, however, went up at average of $2.

"Last month was a little slowe than other years. We're still seeing the same number of guests here for weddings, but the tourist travel was down a little bit," said Sally Thurston, the owner of Blue Skies Inn.

Like many hotels throughout Colorado Springs, Thurston is running a special as an incentive to attract guests. Her "leaf-peeper" deal includes discounts heading into the fall months when business begins to slow down.

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