US airport hotel performance mixed
By Bobby Bowers (STR)
Smith Travel Research classifies nearly 2,200 U.S. hotels representing about 301,000 rooms as “airport” locations. These hotels usually are within three miles of an airport and primarily serve demand generated by airport traffic. Based on the 12 months ending September 2009, airport hotels generated more than US$6 billion in room revenue, about 6 percent of the U.S. total. More than 40 percent of airport hotel rooms are classified as upper-upscale or upscale, with another 18 percent falling into the midscale-without-food-and-beverage segment.