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Hotels Gearing Up for 2016 - Strong Advance Bookings Provide Positive Long-Term Outlook

Slight Dip in Short-Term Booking Performance Attributed to Early Summer Vacation Planning.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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TravelClick, an Amadeus company
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NEW YORK – As the end of summer nears, hotels in major North American markets are focusing on capturing bookings for early 2016 as opposed to last-minute travel deals, according to data from the August 2015 TravelClick North American Hospitality Review (NAHR).

“Savvy hoteliers and smart travelers are playing the long game, according to the latest TravelClick data,” said John Hach, Senior Industry Analyst at TravelClick. “While there are some short-term dips in demand, capturing strong advance bookings is a best practice for opportunistic hoteliers to increase RevPAR well into 2016. However, it will be interesting to see if and how the recent stock market volatility impacts short-term and advance bookings.”

Twelve-Month Outlook (August 2015 – July 2016)
For the next 12 months (August 2015 – July 2016), overall committed occupancy* is up 2.2 percent when compared to the same time last year. ADR is up 2.9 percent based on reservations that are currently on the books. Transient bookings (individual reservations that are made by business and leisure travelers) are up 1.5 percent year-over-year, and ADR for this segment is up 3.4 percent. When broken down further, the transient leisure (discount, qualified and wholesale) segment is showing occupancy gains of 4.0 percent and ADR gains of 2.5 percent. The transient business (negotiated and retail) segment occupancy is down 1.6 percent, but ADR is up 4.9 percent. Group segment occupancy is up 2.7 percent, and ADR has increased 1.9 percent, compared to the same time last year.

Hach added, “While there are many reasons that hotels are experiencing a relatively flat to slight dip in Q3 demand, it is likely just a small correction, as many travelers booked their trips earlier this summer. However, the strong dollar cannot be ignored, as it is becoming more expensive for people who live in Europe and Asia to visit the U.S.”

The August NAHR looks at group sales commitments and individual reservations in the 25 major North American markets for hotel stays that are booked by August 5, 2015, from the period of August 2015 to July 2016.

*Committed Occupancy – (Transient rooms reserved + group rooms committed)/capacity
**Reserved Occupancy – Total number of rooms reserved/capacity
The third quarter combines historical data (July) and forward-looking data (August – September).

About TravelClick, Inc.
TravelClick (www.TravelClick.com) provides innovative cloud-based solutions for hotels around the globe to grow their revenue, reduce costs and improve performance. TravelClick offers hotels world-class reservation solutions, business intelligence products, and comprehensive media and marketing solutions to help hotels grow their business. With local experts around the globe, we help more than 38,000 hotel clients in over 160 countries drive profitable room reservations through better revenue management decisions, proven reservation technology and innovative marketing. Since 1999, TravelClick has helped hotels leverage the web to effectively navigate the complex global distribution landscape. TravelClick has offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Barcelona, Dubai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Orlando, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Follow us on www.twitter.com/TravelClick and www.facebook.com/TravelClick.

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