Greetings from Michael Krouse


Citizens Business Bank Arena recently hosted the only Def Leppard concert in Southern California. We thought it would be interesting to pull a zip code report after the show and WOW we definitely push the needle on visitors to our area. There were 24 states represented at the concert. In fact I ran into a few guests that announced they were from Ontario! I didn’t think much of it since we are in the City of Ontario, but then they said it again and added Canada. Now that’s a fan base – way to rock it Def Leppard, Poison, and Tesla!

Our lodging report for hotels in Greater Ontario is showing positive signs across the board in May. Ontario occupancy is 74.2%, up 1.7% YOY with limited service hotels leading up 7.0% YOY.  Rancho Cucamonga occupancy is 80.8%, down 4.5%.  Some of the larger events and conventions in May of 2017 were the Amgen Tour of California with 1,500+ room nights, the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office Sprint General Assembly with 500+ room nights, and the Couples for Christ Anniversary with 300+ room nights.

Ontario International Airport released their recent statistics. It’s great to see that the passenger traffic increased 7.3% in May of 2017 compared with the same month in 2016.  The airport served a total of 390,516 passengers in May 2017 compared with 364,063 in May of 2016. Air cargo freight handled increased by 24.3% with 49,231 tons in May of 2017 compared with 39,593 tons in May of 2016.