I was surprised to read that Humboldt County has approximately 3000 hotels, motels and inns. That's according to Tony Smithers, head honcho at the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
I wouldn't be surprised by 300, but 3000? Wow. Hard to believe.
I've also wondered about the claims of occupancy rates. I read something in one of the papers a while back claiming fairly high average occupancy rates of our local lodgings. Smithers says our 90% occupancy rates led the state a couple years ago.
I find that hard to believe, as well. I can't help but wonder if they're fluffing the numbers by including the motels that have been converted to homeless housing, many of which are easily identified by just driving down Broadway in Eureka.
Not that I'm complaining about having so many hotels or an average 90% occupancy rate, if true. It's just hard to believe.