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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Hotel Occupancy Rate Falls to 51.6%

by Calculated Risk on 6/04/2009 12:24:00 PM

Note: some of the decline in occupancy rate is seasonal, and the rate should increase during the Summer months - especially since leisure travel has not declined as much as business travel and Summer has a higher mix of vacation travel (see: Hotels: "By the numbers" )

From STR reports US performance for week ending 30 May 2009

In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy fell 10.2 percent to end the week at 51.6 percent. Average daily rate dropped 9.6 percent to finish the week at US$93.00. Revenue per available room [RevPAR] for the week decreased 18.9 percent to finish at US$47.96.
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 11.4% from the same period in 2008.

The average daily rate is down 9.6%, so RevPAR is off 18.9% from the same week last year.

Data Source: Smith Travel Research, Courtesy of