BROOMFIELD, Colorado—Gross operating profit (GOP) for U.S. hotels reached 60 percent of the comparable 2019 level, according to STR‘s April 2021 monthly profit and loss (P&L) data release. GOP in comparison with 2019 improved from 50 percent in March. However, labor remains stagnant, with labor spending up to just 64 percent in April after coming in at 60 percent in March.
U.S. April 2021 Hotel Performance
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Each of the key profitability metrics, on a per-available-room basis, came in higher than any month since February 2020 except for labor, which was down slightly from March.
“April was an encouraging month as more of the top-line improvement we’ve been reporting on flowed through to the bottom line,” said Raquel Ortiz, STR’s assistant director of financial performance. “On a GOP basis, 92 percent of our sample hotels were profitable, which is similar to pre-pandemic levels. Also of note, F&B venue revenue, the restaurants, and bars, are recovering right in line with room revenue. Overall F&B of course continues to be bogged down by a lack of group demand and the subsequent spending on catering.”
“There is a long way to go, but if demand surges as expected this summer, we should continue to see accelerated profitability and improved margins around the industry,” Ortiz said. “Labor is the hot topic and we’ll continue to monitor that as demand increases and there is even greater competition for workers to service properties.”