STR reports U.S. performance for October
“With the overall economy moving into recessionary territory, the U.S. hotel industry faces continued challenges in the operating environment,” said Jan D. Freitag, STR’s VP of global development. “Rate growth last month was disappointing, but we hope hoteliers learned their lessons during the post-9/11 time period that cutting rates in the short term only provides slight immediate help. It took the industry more than five years to recover from the price discounting that took place during late 2001 and the first half of 2002.”
The U.S. hotel industry’s year-over-year revenue per available room dropped 7.0 percent in October and finished the month at US$66.85—down from US$71.92 a year earlier. Occupancy also declined in October, falling 6.5 percent to 62.1 percent (from 66.5 percent in 2007).
Each of the seven chain-scale segments as defined by STR posted year-over-year losses in occupancy and RevPAR. Three of them had increases in ADR—the Midscale with Food and Beverage segment’s ADR was up 1.1 percent, the Midscale without Food and Beverage segment’s ADR increased 1.8 percent and the Economy segment’s average rate rose 0.3 percent.
Year-to-date (through October) results are mixed for the industry. Through the first 10 months of 2008, the industry’s ADR is up 3.2 percent to US$107.44 (from US$104.09 for the first 10 months of 2007). Meanwhile RevPAR is off 0.3 percent to US$67.51 (from US$67.69 in 2007) and occupancy declined 3.4 percent to 62.8 percent (from 65.0 percent in 2007).
Top 25 markets with the most noteworthy year-to-date October performance include:
- Largest RevPAR gains: New Orleans, Louisiana (+13.2 percent); Houston, Texas (+11.2 percent), San Francisco/San Mateo, California (+7.8 percent).
- Largest RevPAR declines: Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia (-7.9 percent); Phoenix, Arizona (-6.2 percent); and Boston, Massachusetts (-4.6 percent).
- Largest ADR gains (all Top 25 markets posted YTD rate increases): Houston, Texas (+9.8 percent); Denver, Colorado (+7.2 percent); and San Francisco-San Mateo, California (+6.4 percent).
- Largest occupancy increases (only three Top 25 markets posted YTD occupancy increases): New Orleans, Louisiana (+11.2 percent); Houston, Texas and San Francisco-San Mateo, California (+1.3 percent each).
- Largest occupancy declines: Phoenix, Arizona (-10.2 percent); Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia (-8.9 percent) and Nashville, Tennessee (-7.1 percent).
“Houston continues to outperform the rest of the top 25 because of the displacement of Hurricane Ike and the relative strength of the oil industry,” Freitag said. “And New Orleans appears to have gotten back on the schedule for larger groups, as its RevPAR and occupancy indicates. However, with a year-to-date ADR increase of only 1.8 percent through November, it is clear that its pricing power hasn’t experienced the same robust growth.”
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