Detroit Occupancy Rates are Softening

    Despite bankruptcy problems, the city of Detroit has a relatively strong hotel market. Fueled by the bounce back of the automotive industry and a renewed push for conventions and meetings, Detroit experienced three consecutive years of occupancy and RevPAR growth. And while figures still look strong, a shift in occupancy may signal that the market has peaked.

    According to this article from, Detroit-area hotels have experienced a 4.9 percent decline in visits in October following a 4.8 percent fall in September. August was also flat in terms of occupancy.

    Even with the recent slow down, STR reports that, through October, Detroit experienced a year-to-date occupancy rate of 63.7 percent, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year. Also RevPAR for 2013 is up 6.8 percent.


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