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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Hotels: "By the numbers"

by Calculated Risk on 6/03/2009 03:39:00 PM

Note: Market graph at bottom of post.

Mark Lomanno, President of Smith Travel Research gave a presentation on hotel performance in New York. Stacey Higgins at HotelNewsNow has some details: NYU: By the numbers

When contrasting this downturn with others, one of the most important differences is that as demand has declined at historically low rates, supply is still increasing.
Another noteworthy trend is the weakness of weekday performance, according to Lomanno.
Here are a couple of graphs from Lomanno's presentation:

Hotel Supply and Demand Click on graph for larger image in new window.

The first graph shows the 12 month moving average for hotel room supply and demand.

As Lomanno noted, this is very unusual for supply to be increasing while demand is falling - and this is probably because of the huge surge in hotel construction in recent years (and these projects are just now being completed).

Lodging Investment as Percent of GDP The second graph shows investment in lodging (based on data from the BEA) as a percent of GDP through Q1 2009.

The recent boom in lodging investment has been stunning. Lodging investment peaked at 0.33% of GDP in Q3 2008 and is now declining sharply (0.28% in Q1 2009).

Notice that lodging investment continued to grow right into the recession - suggesting very loose lending for new hotel construction.

Hotel Performance And the final chart - also from Lomanno's presentation - shows that weekday lodging (business travel) has fallen off much more than weekend lodging (leisure travel).

For weekdays, occupancy is off 14.4% and RevPAR (revenue per available room) is off 21.4%.

This suggests there might be a little increase in occupancy later this year as businesses gain confidence.


By popular demand ...

Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph is from Doug Short of (financial planner): "Four Bad Bears".

Note that the Great Depression crash is based on the DOW; the three others are for the S&P 500.
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