Harry Potter Leading Orlando Hotel Hike
According to the Orlando Sentinel, prices at hotels in the Orlando area are showing their first increases in prices in two years, and hoteliers are crediting the new attraction.
"We're definitely inching up on our rates," John Parkinson, general manager of the Embassy Suites Orlando on International Drive, tells the Sentinel.
According to statistics released this week by Smith Travel Research, and published at the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau website, operators in Orlando, the nation's second-biggest hotel market, filled 66.1 percent of their rooms in June, an increase of 4.2 percent from a year earlier.
Wizarding World at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park has been drawing huge crowds since it opened in June.
The Orlando hotel market still offers plenty of discount rates, officials say.
"Right now, there are still deals for the consumer," Rich Maladecki, president of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, tells the Sentinel.
But Maladecki adds that some hotels are reporting sellouts or near sellouts in July.
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort