Austin hotel performance is expected to make a marked rebound this year, with demand estimated to increase about 6.6 percent, according to a PKF Hospitality Research report.

The city’s hotel industry experienced one of its worst years in 2009, hitting six-year low occupancy rates and diving average daily room rates. The recent report released Wednesday forecasts a 7.9 percent increase in Austin hotel occupancy rates in the first quarter.

“We believe the first quarter surge in occupied rooms foretells the start of a strong comeback in the demand for lodging accommodations all across the nation,” PKF-HR President R. Mark Woodworth said.

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