- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Taxable room revenues at Washoe County hotels are up 17 percent through the first eight months of the fiscal year, compared to a year ago.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority said Thursday revenues through February were $27.1 million dollars ahead of the previous year.

RSCVA Board Chairman Bob Lucy says it’s the 20th consecutive month revenues have increased at hotels in Reno and Sparks and the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Interim Managing Director Jennifer Cunningham says the heavy snowpack at area ski resorts helped attract more visitors. She says the growing number of businesses relocating to Reno also have stimulated demand at area hotels.

The average daily room rate has increased by 7 percent to $94.95. That would be a record if it holds through the end of the fiscal year June 30.

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