Revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) fell 4.4 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter mainly due to a decline in pricing power across the board at Manhattan hotels. Despite persistent growth in lodging demand, an outsized increase in new hotel rooms kept a lid on hotel occupancy during the fourth quarter.
For the year, Manhattan RevPAR fell 3.9 percent, with average daily room rate (“ADR”) and occupancy posting declines of 2.8 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.
“Just over 3,800 new hotel rooms were added to the Manhattan lodging market last year. This, coupled with an increasing percentage of Manhattan’s total lodging demand coming from the more price-sensitive leisure customer, is continuing to impact hotels’ abilities to drive meaningful increases in room rates.”
Decreasing by 6.2 percent from prior-year levels, Upscale RevPAR performance was largely driven by a decline in ADR of 5.5 percent. For Upper Upscale hotel properties, where occupancy fell by 0.5 percent, Q4 RevPAR was further impaired by a decline in ADR of 3.1 percent.
While Luxury and Upper Midscale properties posted the smallest declines in RevPAR of 3.4 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, positive contributions from occupancy of 0.3 and 0.6 percent were offset by declines in ADR of 3.7 and 3.8 percent, respectively.
During the fourth quarter, all five Manhattan neighborhoods experienced year-over-year declines in RevPAR. While ADR fell across the board, the Midtown East submarket posted the largest ADR-driven decline in RevPAR of 8.6 percent.
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