Feb 18, 2010 10:53 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Research group sees some bump in mountain lodging

A travel research group says there are signs mountain lodging reservations in Colorado, Utah, California and British Columbia are picking up.

Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program, or MTRiP, says it looked at a sample of 201 property management companies in 15 destinations across those four areas. It said Wednesday that results showed occupancy from November to April was down 1 percent from the same period a year earlier, but bookings for February are up 2.4 percent from February 2009.

The February numbers don't include properties whose bookings would've been boosted by Vancouver Olympics spectators.

MTriP director Ralf Garrison says a combination of bargains, snow and Olympic buzz are probably encouraging people to book.


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