Whether it's a sign of economic recovery or proof of more people taking “staycations,” hotel stays in Michigan mean big bucks for the state.
The average hotel occupancy for the year so far is at 56 percent. That's the highest year-to-date (YTD) average since Smith Travel Research started tracking the data in 2004.
That meant a spike of half a billion dollars of visitor spending to $17.7 billion.
The money is mostly from out-of-state visitors and creates jobs for local employees.