Hotel occupancy in Deadwood has been better this year than last. According to Smith Travel Research data, rooms sold in Deadwood in January is up eight percent compared to last January. The data only shares the information from the hotels in Deadwood that voluntarily submitted their occupancy numbers.
Deadwood's Celebrity Hotel manager, Ken Gienger said he has seen people coming from colder climates looking for favorable snowmobiling and skiing conditions.
"We are getting people from North Dakota who are tired of the cold and coming to our part of the country and people from the eastern side of the state," he said. "It has brought in more people who want to go skiing or snowmobiling, we know the resorts on the weekends are full out there."
Although it doesn't seem very warm to locals, Christine and William Cobb from North Dakota said the weather in the Northern Black Hills is welcome. "We had the real nasty cold, 25, 30, 35 below, you know, it gets cool down here but it's warmer to us," said William Cobb.
Despite the slight increase in winter occupants, Gienger said there is a lot of room for improvement.
"We definitely have room to grow. And I know Deadwood is working on how to bring more customers in during the winter," said Gienger.
Statewide, there has been a slight decrease in hotel rooms sold, 0.8 percent January 2014 compared to January 2014, according to the STR data.