Key Takeaways:

Current Trends

  • The economy appears strong and the consumer is healthy.
    Second quarter GDP was 2.4% and 3Q is estimated to be in a range from 1.6% to 5.9%. Fueled by excess savings, the summer has been strong for overseas travel and short term rental demand.
  • Q2 brought purchasing power for travelers.
    Consumers have money to travel as wage growth has outpaced RevPAR and airfare. Recent Declines in airfares have driven YTD TSA throughput to recover to 2019 levels.
  • Despite macro strength, US hotel KPIs are weakening.
    July RevPAR fell 1.2% due to occupancy, down by 2.1%, partially offset by a modest increase in ADR, up 1.0%. Markets in contraction continue to increase.

Hotel KPIs

  • Higher-priced hotels outperformed in July.
    As demand for temporary housing has subsided post-pandemic, RevPAR trends in the lower tier have begun to normalize. The most recent pockets of strength are in the higher-priced hotels.
  • Two additional location types inflected to RevPAR declines in July.
    Between June and July, two additional location types, suburban and town, began to post negative RevPAR growth while RevPAR in interstate and Resort locations softened further.
  • Hotel margins and profits remain under pressure.
    Overall, profits have been declining for three months because of continued wage growth, up 5.5% in July, a CAGR of 8.0% since the beginning of the pandemic.

Food for Thought

  • RevPAR growth forecasts were revised down.
    We are lowering our 2023 RevPAR growth forecast from 6.0% to 4.6% owing to a weaker-than-expected Q2 2023.
  • Early indicators of property distress are increasing.
    Profit declines are contributing to an uptick in delinquencies, from 5.4% to 5.9%. This could be a precursor to increases in special servicing down the road.
  • Average hotel CMBS hit a post-pandemic low of 7 originations.
    The three-month moving average in CMBS hotel originations fell to 7 down from 19 a year ago. The declines are likely due to higher interest rates and widening credit spreads in July.


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