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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hotels: Occupancy up 4.5%, RevPAR up 10.6% Year-over-Year

by Calculated Risk on 9/11/2014 01:55:00 PM

From STR: US results for week ending 6 September

The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 31 August through 6 September 2014, according to data from STR.

In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy rate rose 4.5 percent to 59.0 percent. Average daily rate increased 5.9 percent to finish the week at US$108.87. Revenue per available room for the week was up 10.6 percent to finish at US$64.20.
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Note: ADR: Average Daily Rate, RevPAR: Revenue per Available Room.

The following graph shows the seasonal pattern for the hotel occupancy rate using the four week average.

There is always a dip in occupancy after the summer (less leisure travel), and business travel should pick up soon.

Hotel Occupancy Rate Click on graph for larger image.

The red line is for 2014, blue is the median, and black is for 2009 - the worst year since the Great Depression for hotels.  Purple is for 2000.

The 4-week average of the occupancy rate is solidly above the median for 2000-2007, and is at about the level as for the same week in 2000 (the previous high). 

Right now it looks like 2014 will be the best year since 2000 for hotels.   Since it takes some time to plan and build hotels, I expect 2015 will be a record year for hotel occupancy. Note: Smith Travel analysts say that supply growth will pickup next year, but remain relatively slow, "hotel supply growth in the United States is forecast to be 1% this year and 1.3% in 2015".

Data Source: Smith Travel Research, Courtesy of