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Utah hotel occupancy rates slipped again in November

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Occupancy rates at Utah hotels continued to slide in November by more than three percentage points when compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report.

Total available room nights for the month were 45.9 percent occupied, down from last year's total of 49.3 percent.

Salt Lake City's occupancy was slightly above the state's average at 46.7 percent. Ogden and northern Davis County ranked the highest at 51.7 percent. Cedar City had the lowest occupancy for the month at 34.4 percent.

Average room rates across the state also showed a decline from $66.27 to $63.36 year over year.

The decline in occupancy rates, being felt nationwide, is being blamed on the Sept. 11 attacks and is not expected to rebound until this summer, according to Robert Benton, president of Robert S. Benton Associates, a hospitality consulting firm based in Parker, Colo.