Hotel stays see huge jump in South Bend, Mishawaka
Tourism officials in St. Joseph County say 2022 was a record year for hotel stays with increases in average daily rate, overnight stays and occupancy. Visit South Bend Mishawaka says the occupancy rate for the year grew to 53.5%
“Given the economic climate, it is great to see the continued upward trajectory of tourism in St. Joseph County,” said Executive Director Jeff Jarnecke. “We remain optimistic that these trends will continue in the coming year.”
The organization says sports tourism was the biggest driver resulting in nearly 36,000 hotel room nights and generating an estimated $23.7 million in economic impact.
Another bright spot is youth hockey, which produced an estimated economic impact of $11.5 million from 25 events.
VSBM tracked an estimated 51,000 room nights booked and $7.3 million in hotel revenue from leisure travelers.
The organization says the average daily rate for rooms was $124.45, a 17% increase over the previous year.
Meanwhile, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new 23-story Four Winds Casino hotel and resort in South Bend. It has 317 rooms including 83 suites.