NIAGARA – Occupancy rates at Ontario hotels held their own during the first half of the year. This despite a sluggish economy and a strong Canadian dollar. During January-June 2011, hotel occupancy in Ontario was 57.8 per cent – up 0.8 percentage points compared to the first six months of 2010, according to the latest figures from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism. The Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and north-western Ontario all posted a five-month occupancy rate over 60 per cent. Thunder Bay had the highest five-month rate at 71.5 per cent. CLICK ON PHOTO ABOVE TO LINK TO FULL STORY.