The COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on travel, business activity, and individual movement are having an unprecedented impact on our industry and economy. Hotel owners, operators, lenders, and investors are all facing greater challenges than ever anticipated, as they grapple with plummeting occupancy, average rate (ADR), and RevPAR and seek solutions to mitigate the impact on EBITDA.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a profound impact on the hospitality industry, as travel restrictions, limits on large gatherings, the closure of restaurants and bars and, perhaps most influential, fear of the virus, have brought travel—and most other aspects of hospitality—to a virtual halt.
While a great deal of uncertainty exists about the eventual spread of COVID-19, experience to date in China, other Asian countries and now Europe indicates that a global pandemic is underway. Interruptions of supply chains could exacerbate a global economic slowing down.
Supply growth has been the dominant headline for the New York City lodging market over the past decade. The number of hotel rooms in the city increased from 66,000 in 2007 to 99,000 in 2018, a 50% increase in inventory.
The 41st NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference wrapped up on June 4, 2019, and the overall sentiment of the event was one of caution, a shift from a sentiment of cautious optimism at conferences earlier in the year.
Washington, D.C. remains a top draw for leisure, convention, and government demand, with market-wide RevPAR ranking among the highest in the nation. Convention demand and tourism continue to grow, helping to push the market’s overall performance.
There is no doubt that New York City is down, but it is important to understand the market fundamentals behind the current trends; specifically, what is going wrong, what is going right, and when the trends will be reversed.
Hotel experts and stakeholders convened in Boston to present positive trends in U.S. hotel lending, development, performance, and values. For Boston-area hoteliers, the potential impacts of a 2024 Olympics bid took center stage.