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.