Holiday Inn Express Stockade

The Holiday Inn Express on Stockade Lane in Mount Pleasant opened shortly before Thanksgiving. Provided

Despite the hotel building boom in the Charleston area, occupancy was higher in 2016 than the year before, according to the latest report from the College of Charleston's Office of Tourism Analysis.

Hotel occupancy in Charleston County averaged 75.7 percent in 2016, a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year.

Occupancy increased despite adding 417 rooms to the inventory. The year ended with 16,038 rooms available, up 417 from the end of 2015.

The number of room nights sold was up 5.2 percent from the previous year.

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The average room rate was $148.53, up 2.5 percent from the previous year.

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