As Whatcom County continues to inch back to a post-pandemic economy, one of the hardest-hit industries sees signs of recovery.
But, instead of visitors from all over the world, Seattle-area visitors and even locals are looking to Whatcom County for a nice weekend getaway and a first step to resuming leisure travel.
Local hotel occupancy rates are moving closer to pre-pandemic levels. According to data collected for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, Bellingham’s hotel occupancy rate was 55.6% in March, up from 34.5% in March 2020 when the pandemic first started taking hold.
Across all of Whatcom County including Bellingham, the hotel occupancy rate was 50.5% in March, up from 32% in March 2020. The national average hotel occupancy rate in recent pre-pandemic years was around 60%.
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