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COVID-19 webinar summary: 5 key points on U.S hotel performance, 27 October

Knowing you might not have time to watch our full webinars, we are pleased to continue our series of COVID-19 webinar summaries. In this latest edition, we talk Q3 performance in the US.

RevPAR growth: Fall stall?

With new COVID cases on the rise and risk mitigation the name of the game, most companies will continue working from home and business travel will remain negligible, stymying further RevPAR improvement.

US Webinar Summary - 27 Oct - Weekly REVPAR & Change and new COVID-19 cases

Weekends remain a bright spot

With business and group travel at historic lows, the difference between mid-week and weekend occupancy continues to widen due to leisure travelers looking for weekend getaways.


US Webinar Summary - 27 October - Saturday occupancy point premium over Wednesdays is growing

Luxury and Upper Upscale hotels remain closed

While most hotels in the Upscale Class and below have reopened, nearly 12% of Luxury and Upper Upscale hotels remained closed. These hard-hit classes also have the lowest Standard occupancy for September.

US Webinar Summary - 27 October - September class occupancy

Group demand up from historic lows

Group demand has more than doubled from its historic April low, when less than 500,000 group rooms were sold. This segment of demand will be one of the last to return, pending both COVID-19 and economic recovery.

US Webinar Summary - 27 October - Group demand starts the long slow climb back

Return to office likely to vary by commute time, transit usage, and average CBD rent

STR’s parent company, CoStar Group, provides insight into when and how return to work may happen nationwide. Cities reliant on public transportation like San Francisco and New York City will likely take longer to return employees to office than driving markets like Dallas and Phoenix, leading to uneven RevPAR recovery in these markets.

US Webinar Summary - 27 October - Fear of crowds and longer commutes put several markets at risk

For further insights into COVID-19’s impact on global hotel performance, visit our content hub.