Over the coming years, some 1,109 new hotel rooms will be entering the downtown market. A Residence Inn planned for Brooklyn is going through the city planning process, and the new owners of the Ambassador Hotel have said they will refurbish it into 100 rooms. That seems about to change.
Confirming JAX’ best spring (April-June) quarter on record, Visit Jacksonville, Duval County’s tourism agency, says July’s figures broke a lot records: highest July occupancy (68.6%) since 2005; ADR of $77.13, highest for July since 2007, and REVPAR, the highest in at least a decade, or at least since Smith Travel Research starting keeping records for JAX in 2004. Drew Dixon of The Florida Times-Union has the story.
With 24 million persons visiting the state from April through June, that is a 3% increase, according to officials. Similarly, the First Coast visitation suggests similar increases, but no statistics provided, other than some very strong hotel demand figures, such as The Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island that reported its first ever 90% occupancy month in its history. Drew Dixon of The Florida Times-Union has the story.