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Charlotte Hotel Occupancy Up Since 'Bathroom Boycott'

That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.

Data released this week by STR Inc. reveals a positive trend in Charlotte’s hotel sector so far this year.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 has been a source of concern for many in the local hospitality industry as organizations have pulled their conventions from Charlotte hotels over the contentious “bathroom law” — though most of those cancelled events were planned for coming years. So far, the controversy surrounding the law, passed in late March, hasn’t dampened occupancy levels at local lodging properties in April and May, according to figures compiled by STR, a data and analytics firm serving the hospitality industry.

Occupancies were up 5.6% in May from a year earlier to 76.7% — well above the national average of 67%, which dipped 0.5%. In April, the occupancy rate at Charlotte hotels increased 9.5% to 79.4%. Both months posted their highest occupancy numbers dating back to 2010, which is as far back as the STR data went.

There have been a lot of high and medium-ish profile celebrities weighing in on the law and lending their names to boycott efforts so far. The NBA got in on the action with threats. The more popular (and more representative of the American public) NFL wasn’t bullied by the prog sentiment.

Despite all of the very public national effort to keep people away from a beautiful city in a beautiful state because it’s offending the progressive agenda, business is booming.

That’s sort of the way these boycotts work out for the leftists lately though, isn’t it?