HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.—The U.S. hotel industry posted declines in three key performance measurements during the week of 30 November through 06 December, according to data from STR.
In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy fell 9.8 percent to 50.2 percent (55.7 percent in 2007). Average daily rate saw a 3.2-percent drop to US$103.46 (US$106.92 in 2007). Revenue per available room for the week decreased 12.7 percent to US$51.93 (US$59.51 in 2007).
“Continued macroeconomic deterioration is taking its toll on the U.S. lodging industry for another year,” said Jan Freitag, vice president of global development for STR. “This is now four out of the past five weeks that we’ve seen double-digit RevPAR declines, which are driven by double-digit occupancy declines in most major chain scales.”
The Luxury chain-scale segment experienced the biggest drops across the board, including a 13.0-percent decrease in occupancy (61.1 percent), a 7.6-percent drop in ADR (US$285.76) and a 19.7-percent fall in RevPAR (US$174.51). The Midscale without Food and Beverage segment was the only segment to see an increase in any of the three key performance measurements: Its ADR rose 0.3 percent to finish the week at US$86.49 (US$86.25 in 2007).
“The only silver lining is city conventions in Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco, which account for the double-digit ADR growth for the week,” Freitag added.
Highlights from the Top 25 Markets include:
• New Orleans, LA was the only market to experience an increase in occupancy (+7.9 percent to 60.2 percent).
• The markets that saw the greatest drop in occupancy were Phoenix, AZ (-22.2 percent to 49.6 percent); Seattle, WA (-19.7 percent to 55.1 percent); and San Diego, CA (-18.1 percent to 52.0 percent).
• The markets that experienced the biggest increase in ADR were Chicago, IL (+19.0 percent to US$148.71); San Francisco/San Mateo, CA (+17.0 percent to US$165.22); and New Orleans, LA (+10.0 percent to US$119.67).
• The markets that saw the largest decrease in RevPAR were Phoenix, AZ (-25.4 percent to US$56.75); Atlanta, GA (-24.5 percent to US$48.41); and New York, NY (-22.8 percent to US$283.01).
• The markets that experienced the greatest increase in RevPAR were New Orleans, LA (+18.7 percent to US$72.05); Chicago, IL (+18.4 percent to US$92.33); and San Francisco/San Mateo, CA (+10.6 percent to US$105.06).
View report: Weekly U.S. Hotel Review for week ending 06 December 2008
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