The U.S. hotel industry posted declines in two key performance measurements and was essentially flat in a third measurement during the week of 12-18 October, according to data from STR.
In year-over-year measurements, the industry's occupancy fell 7.3 percent to end the week at 64.2 percent. Average daily rate increased 0.1 percent to finish the week at $108.61. Revenue per available room for the week fell 7.1 percent to close at $69.76.
"Results continue to be disappointing in a difficult operating environment," said Brad Garner, vice president of operations/client services for STR. "Despite a minor impact from Columbus Day, which occurred early in the week, posted RevPAR for the industry was down more than 7 percent on flat ADR growth.
Four markets among the Top 25 markets experienced year-over-year RevPAR gains during the week-Houston, Texas (+34.8 percent), Oahu Island, Hawaii (+9.0 percent), St. Louis, Missouri (+3.6 percent) and Dallas, Texas (+0.9 percent). Ten of the Top 25 markets posted double-digit RevPAR declines. Houston (+21.8 percent), Oahu Island (+8.7 percent) and St. Louis (+0.5 percent) were the only Top 25 markets to achieve year-over-year occupancy growth.
"Airport locations led the rate of decline in occupancy and RevPAR-down 10.0 percent and 11.0 percent, respectively," Garner said. "And while capacity issues have been front and center recently, the lack of business travel into airport locations seems a bit more troubling as the fourth quarter unfolds and into 2009."
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