CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research has released its Trends in the Hotel Industry for 2017, showing that US hotels are being smarter about their finances, that there was an overall increase in profits in 2016, but that revenue growth has slowed.

Operators saw the threat of stagnant or declining occupancy and reacted by controlling expenses, although there was a 6.8% increase in commission payments made to travel agents, OTAs and other intermediaries.

Other points of note include that operating profits rose the most for hotels located in the Mountain/Pacific and South Atlantic regions, and that resorts were most profitable sector, leading to a potential reinvention of the resort model.

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