Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 5/25/2021
STR: U.S. hotel performance for April 2021
The U.S. hotel industry recorded its highest monthly performance levels since the beginning of the pandemic, according to April 2021 data from STR.

April 2021:
  • Occupancy: 57.5% 
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$110.34 
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$63.46 

Occupancy and RevPAR were the highest for any month since February 2020, while ADR was the highest since March 2020. While year-over-year percentage changes show significant increases because of comparison with a pandemic-affected period in 2020, the country’s performance levels remained well below the pre-pandemic comparable of April 2019: occupancy (-15.2%), ADR (-16.0%) and RevPAR (-28.8%). To track recovery on a weekly basis, STR has launched a Market Recovery Monitor to index performance against the 2019 benchmark.
Among the Top 25 Markets, Tampa experienced the highest occupancy level (77.0%), which was 0.5% below the market’s benchmark from 2019. The next highest occupancy level was in Miami (72.0%), which recorded the highest ADR (US$233.80) and RevPAR (US$168.31) levels. Miami’s ADR level was 6.9% higher than the pre-pandemic comparable. Read More.
 The Long Road to Recovery
A national survey found that only 29% of Americans would consider traveling to a city or urban destination this summer, further showing the crisis facing urban market hotels, which rely heavily on business from events and group meetings. This new data further underscores the need for Congress to pass the Save Hotel Jobs Act introduced by Senator Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.). 

The survey of 2,200 adults was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. Key findings include:
  • Only 29% of respondents are likely to travel to a city or urban destination this summer, and71% state they would not travel to an urban market.
  • 75% are uninterested in traveling to a U.S. city or metropolitan area to avoid dealing with pre-travel or post-travel quarantine and testing guidelines. 
  • 73% are uninterested in traveling to a U.S. city or metropolitan area due to lack of interest in traveling generally. 
  • 72% are uninterested in a vacation or leisure trip to a U.S. city or metropolitan area despite lower prices due to fewer people traveling.
  • Now, we need your help! Our grassroots efforts are more important than ever. Please ACT NOW and send a letter to your Member of Congress asking them to support his bill. Then send this HotelsACT resource to your colleagues and encourage them to do the same. Help SAVE our industry and our employees.
Paolino Public Affairs Consulting, Inc. Legislative Report - 5/21/21
There are 19 days left in the 2021 legislative session which means the following weeks are going to be similar to this one: aka caffeine fueled paired with late nights. The Connecticut General Assembly had another full and productive week, with both chambers meeting three times each. A great number of legislative proposals were passed, the most notable being the Connecticut House of Representatives legalizing sports betting and online gambling. The bill passed 122-21, and now heads to the Senate. Other notable legislation includes zoning law reform, free phone calls for inmates, banning deceptive practices by faith-based pregnancy centers, and declaring racism a public health crisis. 
On Wednesday, the Lamont Administration announced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear a mask in most settings. This comes as the state has relaxed most COVID-19 restrictions. Starting May 19, alcohol can be served without food, there will be no limit to the number of people who may sit at a table in a restaurant; and the business curfew will be moved back to midnight. “If you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ve got to wear a mask indoors,” Lamont said. “I hope that people in Connecticut understand why the CDC set those guidelines. They probably make a certain amount of sense, and I think the vast majority of people will follow that.” Settings that still require a mask include school buildings, correctional facilities, and transportation hubs (airports, taxis, etc). 
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 15 May
U.S. weekly hotel occupancy reached its second-highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to STR‘s latest data through 15 May. 
9-15 May 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019*):

  • Occupancy: 59.1% (-16.4%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$113.54 (-15.4%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$67.05 (-29.2%)

Friday/Saturday occupancy came in higher than any weekend since Valentine’s Day weekend in 2020. Additionally, ADR reached its highest point of the pandemic but was still US$20 less than the corresponding week in 2019.