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'87 A GOOD YEAR FOR HOTELS

Based on room revenues in 1987 and an outstanding third quarter, Utah's hotels had an outstanding year, the Utah State Tax Commission says.

Gross taxable room rents totaled $197 million during 1987, up $11.2 million from the previous year, said the commission's Economic and Statistical Unit.

Nearly half of that revenue - $94 million - went to hotels in Salt Lake County, said commission spokesman Lee Shaw. And Summit County, with the Park City recreation area, was second with $27.9 million in hotel room rents.

The state's No. 3 county, Washington, with the Bloomington winter resort and Zion National Park, reported $11.9 million in revenue.

The third quarter - July, August and September - showed the strongest growth,Shaw said, with a 23 percent increase on hotel room rents compared with 1986.