STR Reports US Hotel Performance in February 2014

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According to data from STR, the U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during February 2014.

Overall, the U.S. hotel industrys occupancy was up 3.3% to 60.3%, ADR rose 3.9% to US$111.94, and RevPAR increased 7.3% to US$67.49.

February results were healthy, said Jan Freitag, senior VP of strategic development at STR. RevPAR increased 7.3%, driven primarily by a 3.9-% increase in ADR. Last year in February ADR increased 4.5%. This year growth was lower, but nonetheless stronger than in January (+3.2%). Occupancy for the month was just over 60%, so hotels are reporting stronger occupancies again, and this goes hand in hand with some pricing power.

Demand grew at a healthy clip of 4.5%, well above last years 2.4% growth, and that easy comparable probably contributed to the strong increase, Freitag added. Year-to-date demand is up 3.9%, well above last year (+2.2%) and well above our expected 2014 demand growth number (+2.3%), so expect demand growth to slow as we hit summer.

Among the Top 25 Markets, St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois, reported the only double-digit occupancy increase, rising 10.1% to 56.4%. Atlanta, Georgia, followed with a 9.3-% increase to 67.2%. New York, New York, fell 3.1% in occupancy to 73.9%, posting the largest decrease in that metric.

San Francisco/San Mateo, California (+14.2% to US$186.92), and Nashville, Tennessee (+11.6% to US$109.22), achieved the largest ADR increases for the month.

Three markets reported RevPAR increases of more than 15%: San Francisco/San Mateo (+19.7% to US$149.30); Nashville (+18.7% to US$72.91); and St. Louis (+16.9% to US$50.45).

New Orleans, Louisiana, reported the largest decrease in both ADR (-16.7% to US$159.73) and RevPAR (18.9% to US$110.60).


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