Visit Carlsbad shows impressive tourism numbers to start new year.

SAN DIEGO,CA – February 1, 2010 – While the San Diego region experienced an 8.3% drop in 2009 room occupancy compared to 2008, the Carlsbad area has shown great promise for a better 2010 in the year’s first weeks.

Of the regions in San Diego county, Carlsbad showed the strongest gain in occupancy rate over the first several weeks of of the new year at 6.5%. Carlsbad also saw the smallest decline in Average Daily Rate (ADR) at 1.8% and was the only area to post positive growth for Revenue Per Available Room (REVPAR) due to increased occupancy and minimal decline in ADR.

“We believe the strong brand and outstanding presence that Mindgruve has helped us create online has allowed us to start 2010 with solid performance while other local and national markets still struggle,” stated Sam Ross, Visit Carlsbad Executive Director.

About Visit Carlsbad

Visit Carlsbad is the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Carlsbad area. It serves approximately 30 area hotels ranging from beach bungalows to luxury accommodations by presenting and promoting vacation ideas, packages, attractions and deals for the area.