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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Hotel Occupancy: RevPAR off 18%

by Calculated Risk on 4/09/2009 01:26:00 PM

Yesterday I summarized the recent data: mall vacancies up, office vacancies up, apartment vacancies up - and rents falling. For lodging, the measure is occupancy and RevPAR (Revenue per available room), and both are off sharply year-over-year.

From STR reports U.S. data for week ending 4 April 2009

In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy fell 9.9 percent to end the week at 56.2 percent (62.3 percent in the comparable week in 2008). Average daily rate dropped 9.0 percent to finish the week at US$98.79 (US$108.59 in the comparable week in 2008). Revenue per available room for the week decreased 18.0 percent to finish at US$55.49 (US$67.68 in the comparable week in 2008).
Hotel Occupancy Rate Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the YoY change in the occupancy rate (3 week trailing average).

The three week average is off 9.3% from the same period in 2008.

The average daily rate is down 9.0%, so RevPAR is off 18.0% from the same week last year.

Data Source: Smith Travel Research, Courtesy of