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Hotel occupancies across Northeast saw double digit drops due to Sandy

Excerpt from HotelNewsNow

Nov 08, 2012 12:14 am

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Surprisingly New York held up, which was mainly a result of displaced New Yorkers booking hotel rooms and, of course, NY Marathoners who came to town despite the event’s cancellation.

— Rafat Ali

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New data from STR provides some numbers on superstorm Sandy’s impact on hotels. For the week ending 4 November: Washington, D.C., saw a 25.8% decrease to 51.7% for the week, while occupancy in Boston declined 19.7% to 63.1%. Philadelphia, meanwhile, reported a minor drop of 1% to 72.2%.

Meanwhile, absolute occupancy numbers remained relatively favorable in New York, where hotels on average sold 80.5% of rooms, a decrease of 7.3% from the prior year…hotels in the area still sold on average eight out of 10 rooms each night. Overall, the U.S. hotel industry posted a 2.5% decrease in occupancy for the week.

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