In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners.
The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research.
Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
The Republican convention filled an average of 36,000 rooms per night while the Democratic convention filled about 30,000 rooms per night, the report said. (The Tampa area has about 44,000 hotel rooms; Charlotte has about 32,000.)
Delegates and reporters at the Democratic convention paid more per room, an average of $215 per night, about 160% higher than the price a year earlier, the report said.
Delegates and members of the media attending the GOP event paid an average of $188 per night, about 130% higher than the same time in 2011, according to the report.