7,800 visitors expected Saturday in Steamboat Springs

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About 7,800 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 47 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 53 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 43 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 46 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 6,700 visitors were expected to arrive, but 7,500 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report. Lodging is expected to dip to 7,100 on Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during tourism seasons. Actual occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecasts as a result of last-minute bookings.

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