WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
ROOMS AT THE INN
Profile America — Saturday, December 12th. Many Americans drive on their vacations, and 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 over 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 www.census.gov.
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Hotels, motels and employment/NAICS 721110: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Rooms and occupancy/accessed 10/2/2015: http://www.ahla.com/content.aspx?id=36332
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau