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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hotel Occupancy Rate: Slightly below 2008 Levels

by Calculated Risk on 9/30/2010 09:04:00 PM

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

From STR: Chain scales report strong RevPAR gains

Overall, the U.S. hotel industry rose 7.5% in occupancy to 64.2%, average daily rate was up 2.6% to US$103.09, and RevPAR ended the week up 10.3% to US$66.15.
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 6.0% compared to last year (the worst year since the Great Depression) and 5.2% below the median for 2000 through 2007.

The occupancy rate is slightly below the levels of 2008 - and 2008 was a tough year for the hotel industry!

Important: Even though the occupancy rate is close to 2008 levels, 2010 is a much more difficult year. The average daily rate (ADR) is off close to 8% from 2008 levels - so even with the similar occupancy rates, hotel room revenue is off sharply compared to two years ago.

Data Source: Smith Travel Research, Courtesy of