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Rooms at the Inn

December 12, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, December 12th. Many Americans drive on their vacations, and if they don't stay with relatives they often stay at one of the nation's many motels. The term motel came to have meaning only when the automobile started to dominate the landscape and the term "motor hotel" came into general use. The first motel opened on this date in 1925 in San Luis Obispo, California. It featured a sign with flashing lights that changed the first letter so that it alternated the words "hotel" and "motel. It had accommodations for 160 guests in individual chalets, each with bathroom, telephone, and a garage. Today, there are close to 50,000 hotels and motels across the U.S., employing almost 1.5 million people. With a total of 4.9 million rooms available, occupancy averages over 62 percent. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.

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Hotels, motels and employment NAICS 721110
Rooms and occupancy

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: January 05, 2015