rate increase http://wwno.org en New Orleans Hotel Rates Increase http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-hotel-rates-increase <p>New Orleans hotel operators say occupancy is the highest in more than a decade. They credit refurbished hotels, a jam-packed calendar and continued recovery from the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.</p><p>Room rates are up, too. The Times-Picayune reports that Smith Travel Research quotes the city&#39;s average daily hotel rate at $154 &mdash; the highest since February 2002, when it averaged $159.40 a night.</p><p>Rates through April of this year averaged $148.61. That&#39;s 12.6 percent better than same four months last year.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:12:22 +0000 The Associated Press 12783 at http://wwno.org