The 41st NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference wrapped up on June 4, 2019, and the overall sentiment of the event was one of caution, a shift from a sentiment of cautious optimism at conferences earlier in the year.
Independent, budget motels are often operated by resident owners that are talented at running efficient, safe motel operations but lack sophisticated and complete financial models that generate proper reports upon which to base purchase and valuation decisions.
The following article illustrates the 2018 RevPAR levels across four categories, from the top RevPAR earners to the low end; we note that the statistics for this article, inclusive of occupancy and average daily rate (ADR), were pulled from the various 10-K filings of the brands on their corporate websites.
I recently checked in with my five Directors that oversee our five offices in the Southeast to see how their hotel markets were holding up as we head further into 2019. Overall, the pulse of each area was positive, with some expecting some softening in occupancy this year, which mirrors our overall national sentiment.
On average, hotel prices increased significantly in 2018, as a strong pool of buyers with favorable outlooks kept downward pressure on cap rates. A strong bidding environment for hotels, particularly those in markets where barriers to entry were high and PIPs had already been completed, kept prices strong, resulting in some big wins for hotel sellers that purchased their hotels at the right time during the last downturn.