Hotel occupancies and room rates in Colorado Springs have risen slightly during the last year.

The average occupancy rate for Colorado Springs-area hotels was 69.3 percent during September, compared with 62.1 percent during September last year, according to the latest Rocky Mountain Lodging Report that was released this week.

The average room rate for area hotels also increased from $81.96 last year to $88.90 this year – an increase of about 8.6 percent.

Denver area hotel rates rose nearly in tandem – from $107.56 last year to $117.15 this year, also a jump of nearly 9 percent.

For the entire state, the average hotel occupancy rate in September was 70.5 percent, compared with 67.8 percent last year.

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Statewide, the average room rate $118.06, compared to $109.70 last year, a 7.5 percent increase.

Aspen had the highest average room rate in the state last month at $269.60.