Overall, the U.S. hotel industry's occupancy rose 4.4 percent to 60.1 percent, its average daily rate was up 3.7 percent to US$101.64 and its revenue per available room increased 8.2 percent to US$61.06.
2011 was the first time since 2008 that the industry ended the year with occupancy of more than 60 percent and an ADR of more than US$100.
The industry reported a 0.6-percent increase in supply in 2011 and a 5.0-percent demand increase for the year. Demand has increased 5.0 percent or more only three times since 1987.
"2011 was a strong year for the U.S. hotel industry," said Randy Smith, co-founder and chairman at STR. "Room-supply growth continued to drift downward as room demand reached record levels during the year. Though occupancy and ADR were still below 2007 and 2008 levels, it was still encouraging to see the industry experience a solid rebound during a period of considerable economic difficulties."
"In 2012 the hotel industry will face tough year-over-year comparisons, though we are still optimistic," Smith continued. "With modest gains in occupancy and stronger increases in room rates, we expect RevPAR to increase about 4.3 percent in 2012."
Among the Top 25 Markets, Detroit, Michigan, ended the year with the largest occupancy increase, up 10.2 percent to 59.8 percent, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, with a 9.7-percent increase to 60.5 percent. New Orleans, Louisiana, ended the year virtually flat with a 0.4-percent decrease to 64.2 percent.
Two markets ended the year with double-digit ADR increases: San Francisco/San Mateo, California (+13.9 percent to US$155.14), and Oahu Island, Hawaii (+10.0 percent to US$165.05). Atlanta, Georgia (-0.4 percent to US$82.58), and Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia (-0.3 percent to US$84.24) were the only top markets to report ADR decreases in 2011.
San Francisco/San Mateo achieved the largest RevPAR increase, rising 19.7 percent to US$122.54, followed by Nashville (+14.8 percent to US$58.01) and Miami-Hialeah (+14.1 percent to US$115.65). None of the top markets reported RevPAR decreases for the year.