AUSTIN, Texas — In some ways, it’s easier to get away from home than it is to go somewhere else.
A new study by the University of Texas at Austin shows that many visitors who stay in urban areas have more difficulty finding lodging than those who stay at remote locations.
The study, conducted by researchers from the UT Austin College of Hotel and Tourism Management, found that the most common reason people stayed in the cities was for the convenience of their stay.
The majority of those who stayed in a major metropolitan area stayed at least one night in the metropolitan area.
For the next most common reasons, more than half of those staying in urbanized areas stayed at some point, the study found.
The findings come after the release of a survey by the Association of American Travel Agencies that found that travel was on the rise in cities as a result of the 2016 Winter Olympics.
The AP’s Mary Louise Kelly reported the study in Austin.
The new study also found that while more people have gone to major cities in recent years, the majority of the cities that are experiencing an uptick in hotel occupancy rates are suburban.
The UTA study found that residents of the metro areas with the highest occupancy rates, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, have had the biggest increases in hotel rates since the 1990s.
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The AP found that in Dallas-Ft.
Worth, occupancy rates increased about 15 percent from 2015 to 2017.
In Houston, the increase was about 25 percent.
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The data are based on the most recent data available from the Association for American Travel and Tourism.