Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hotels: RevPAR up 8.2% compared to same week in 2009

by Bill McBride on 11/11/2010 06:15:00 PM

Hotel occupancy is one of several industry specific indicators I follow ...

Important: Even though the occupancy rate is close to the weak 2008 levels, and RevPAR (revenue per available room) is up 8.2% compared to the same week in 2009 - RevPAR is still down 3% compared to the same week in 2008 - and the 2nd half of 2008 was a very difficult period for the hotel industry.

From HotelNewsNow.com: STR: Midscale with F&B reports strong weekly results

Overall, the total U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy increased 6.2% to 58.2%, average daily rate was up 1.9% to US$99.29, and RevPAR ended the week up 8.2% to US$57.75.
The following graph shows the four week moving average for the occupancy rate by week for 2008, 2009 and 2010 (and a median for 2000 through 2007).

Hotel Occupancy Rate Click on graph for larger image in new window.

Notes: the scale doesn't start at zero to better show the change. The graph shows the 4-week average, not the weekly occupancy rate.

On a 4-week basis, occupancy is up 8.6% compared to last year and 5.8% below the median for 2000 through 2007.

The occupancy rate is slightly above the levels of 2008, but RevPAR is still down 3% compared to the same week in 2008.

Data Source: Smith Travel Research, Courtesy of HotelNewsNow.com