BEND, OR -- Many soccer players in town for last weekend's Bend Premier Cup tournament had trouble finding hotel rooms in Bend because everything was booked. It doesn't surprise Alana Hughson, with the Central Oregon Visitors Association. "We have had an extraordinarily busy summer, to date. We have the transient room tax revenue numbers from Deschutes County and the city of Bend for stays that occurred through the end of June, and the county is reporting up 20.8% over the prior year, for the fiscal year ending June 30. So, it is a record-setting summer out of the gate."
Hughson tells KBND News, "And, we know with projections looking forward for July and August, those have maintained a fairly robust projection and booking pace. We anticipate July and August are going to be up from the prior year. We won’t know until we see the final numbers if they’re record setting of any kind but certainly June was." Those July and August reports won't be available until fall.
But, even with those increases, there are indications some segments are slowing. "We’re seeing a slight softening in group and corporate business, and that is sometimes a leading indicator of what’s going to happen in leisure," says Hughson. "So, as we look ahead, we’re starting to look at that more closely and with a little more caution. We do expect this significant growth that we’ve been fortunate to have for the last five years is going to start slowing and tapering off, and will likely keep us at a more manageable level, going forward."