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Monday, August 28, 2017

Hotels: Occupancy Rate up Year-over-Year

by Calculated Risk on 8/28/2017 03:05:00 PM

Note: Hotel occupancy rates increased noticeably following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. I expect the overall occupancy rate will also increase following Hurricane Harvey - and stay elevated for several months. This might even push 2017 into record territory.

From STR: US hotel results for week ending 19 August

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 13-19 August 2017, according to data from STR.

In comparison with the week of 14-20 August 2016, the industry recorded the following:

Occupancy: +1.4% to 72.3%
• Average daily rate (ADR): +2.1% to US$127.12
• Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +3.5% to US$91.85
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The following graph shows the seasonal pattern for the hotel occupancy rate using the four week average.

Hotel Occupancy RateThe red line is for 2017, dash light blue is 2016, dashed orange is 2015 (best year on record), blue is the median, and black is for 2009 (the worst year since the Great Depression for hotels).

Currently the occupancy rate is tracking close to last year, and behind the record year in 2015.

Seasonally, the occupancy rate has peaked and will decline into the Fall.

Data Source: STR, Courtesy of