Hotel occupancy numbers on the rise

Hotel occupancy numbers for Colorado Springs are almost as hot as the weather, lately.

The Rocky Mountain Lodging Report for June showed a jump in occupancy from 68.1 percent in May to nearly 78 percent in June.

Of course, occupancy typically increases in June over May and peaks in July.

However, year-to-date, occupancy in the Springs is up nearly 4 percent, at 57.7 percent, over last year.

Local sources say that much of the increase is because of conference and large-group business.

The Cheyenne Mountain Resort, for instance, has seen a spike in short-term conference bookings through November, said John Branciforte, vice president of marketing for the resort.