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U.S. hotel profitability improved in May, limited-service properties break even at 45% occupancy

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BROOMFIELD, Colorado—STR‘s latest monthly P&L data release shows U.S. hotel gross operating profit per available room down 110.1% in May. That percentage change was a slight improvement from April’s decline of 116.9%. Additionally, limited-service properties showed positive profitability on average when surpassing 45% occupancy.

In a year-over-year comparison with May 2019, the industry reported the following:

  • GOPPAR: -110.1% to US$-10.26
  • TRevPAR: -88.3% to US$28.62
  • EBIDTA PAR: -130.9% to US$-24.14
  • LPAR (Labor Costs): -69.5% to US$24.30

“Make no mistake, profits are still down significantly, and in many cases, open hotels are struggling to turn a profit,” said Joseph Rael, STR’s senior director of financial performance. “However, consistent with the occupancy and RevPAR trends shown in our weekly data releases, hotels opened up more in May and saw improved business compared with the previous month. As we have noted, the lower end of the market has seen less severe performance declines throughout the time of the pandemic, and in May specifically, we saw limited-service properties begin to turn a profit when crossing the 45% mark in occupancy.”

Among top markets, Phoenix reported the most improvement from April to May in TrevPAR ($18.52), while Los Angeles/Long Beach showed the largest gain in GOPPAR ($28.33).

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All of the above insights are outlined in May profitability slides HERE. Industry stakeholders interested in Monthly P&L participation should contact Those interested in subscribing to soon-to-be released reports should contact their account manager or

Key profitability metrics:

TRevPAR - Total revenue per available room

GOPPAR - Gross operating profit per available room

EBITDA - Earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation, and amortization

LPAR - Total labor costs per available room

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