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Slow Growth Challenges U.S. Hotel Margins

Slow Growth Challenges U.S. Hotel Margins

NEW YORK—Hotel RevPAR will turn negative in the second half of 2017 as weak corporate and decelerating group demand challenge asset owners looking to offset expense growth, Fitch Ratings says. While lodging companies have cited relative leisure strength as an ...

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Beating the Budget

Beating the Budget

Hotel managers achieved the winning formula in 2015—they exceeded their budgeted revenue projections while concurrently spending less than expected to operate their hotels. The result was a 2.2 percent profit surplus compared to budget. As general managers, controllers, and directors ...

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Fitch Ratings: U.S. Leisure Unsustainable

Fitch Ratings: U.S. Leisure Unsustainable

NEW YORK—Fitch Ratings expects mid-single digit U.S. leisure transient lodging demand growth to decelerate to the low single digits against the backdrop of heightened geopolitical risk, U.S. dollar (USD) strength, growth in alternative lodging accommodations and Zika-virus related health concerns. ...

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Pace of New Bookings Continues to Decline

Pace of New Bookings Continues to Decline

NEW YORK—Heading into the latter summer months, the pace of new bookings continues to decline, with new August reservation commitments falling -2.8 percent. However, committed occupancy and average daily rates (ADR) for the fourth quarter of 2016 are showing signs ...

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USALI Changes Offer New Benchmarks for Hoteliers

USALI Changes Offer New Benchmarks for Hoteliers

Every 10 years or so, the Financial Management Committee (FMC) of the American Hotel & Lodging Association revises the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). The USALI serves as the industry standard for reporting hotel revenues and ...

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Reviewing Upper-Midscale Hotel Performance

Reviewing Upper-Midscale Hotel Performance

The largest chain scale in the United States is made up of hotels in the upper-midscale segment. Comprised of 9,100 hotels with almost 900,000 rooms, upper-midscale properties represent 18 percent of all hotel rooms and 26 percent of all chain-affiliated ...

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