Chicago Hotel Industry Outlook: 2009 - 2012
By Hans Detlefsen and Nina Vetter, HVS Global Hospitality Services
While the national recession continued into the first half of 2009, the Chicago hotel industry, as with many major cities throughout the United States, continued to experience shrinking demand. Looking to the second half of 2009, some evidence suggests that the recession may be nearing an end and the pace of decline may be moderating in the hotel industry. This article examines several of the historical trends and future sources of supply and demand that are expected to shape the city of Chicago’s hotel industry performance during the next three to four years. Additionally, we present findings from our survey of hotel managers throughout Chicago. Based on this data, HVS developed projections of hotel demand, supply, and performance through 2012.