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Around 74 percent of hotels responding to a survey by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association reported that business was better over the 2012 July 4th weekend than it was last year.
Because the holiday fell mid-week, many vacationers booked rooms from Wednesday night through Saturday night.
Buoyed by the holiday business, hotel owners were optimistic about the rest of the year. Eighty percent said the second half of 2012 will be better than the same period in 2011.
Lower gas prices was a factor in hotel owner optimism.