ONTARIO - The city's hospitality market growth in 2012 exceeded last year's figures by more than $88 million in economic impact, according to the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau.

From January through November of last year, hotel, group and meeting room occupancy was up by 3.9 percent or by 98,424 rooms, representing an $88 million in economic impact not including December, said Michael Krouse, president and CEO of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We are seeing substantial growth in the Ontario region, particularly as it relates to business and convention sales," Krouse said.