Galveston tourism best on recordGalveston tourism best on recordhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=95782012-09-18T11:03:00Z2012-09-18T00:00:00Z

GALVESTON - The summer of 2012 was Galveston’s best peak tourism season on record, surpassing pre-Hurricane Ike levels.

The average hotel occupancy rate for the island’s lodging spots in the summer months of 2011 was 74.36 percent — and that jumped to 79.4 percent this summer, according the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Last summer, the average room rate was $121.31 a night, while this summer room rates were up 21 percent to $147.09 a night.

Houston's improving and at times booming oil economy appears to be the biggest reason for the increase. New attractions such as Landry’s Inc. $60 million Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and renovations at Moody Gardens can take credit also.

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