If you are heading to Washington this weekend for President Obama’s inauguration, you may find that your hotel is not as crowded as it was in 2009, when he was sworn into office for his first term.
The number of rooms booked in the District of Columbia area between Saturday and Monday is down 16% compared to four years ago, according to TravelClick, a New York company that provides e-commerce products and services to the hotel industry.
As a result of the drop in demand, hotel rates are down 11% compared to the last inauguration, the company said.
But the drop in numbers should be no surprise. Obama’s first swearing-in boasted the largest attendance of any presidential inauguration in history, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. About 1.8 million people attended the ceremony in 2009.