Hotel Booking Trends

Reservation Pace Decline Signals Stronger Headwinds for Hoteliers

New July Bookings Show Signs of Future Weakness in North American Markets
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Reservation Pace Decline Signals Stronger Headwinds for Hoteliers

The pace of new bookings is down this summer, with the business segment experiencing a -4.0 percent decline over the past 30 days. However, average daily rates (ADR) are slightly up 2.0 percent over the same time last year based on reservations that are currently on the books, according to new data from TravelClick’s July 2016 North American Hospitality Review (NAHR).

“As new July bookings have fallen by -3.6 percent compared to the same time last year, it’s becoming abundantly clear that there are stronger headwinds ahead for hoteliers in 2016,” said John Hach, TravelClick’s senior industry analyst. “However, year-over-year growth is still occurring, stemming from committed reservations that were generated throughout the first and second quarters.”

Twelve-Month Outlook (July 2016 – June 2017)

For the next 12 months (July 2016 – June 2017), transient bookings are up 3.2 percent year-over-year, and ADR for this segment is up 1.6 percent. When broken down further, the transient leisure (discount, qualified and wholesale) segment is showing occupancy gains of 6.7 percent, with ADR gains of 1.8 percent. The transient business (negotiated and retail) segment is down -4.0 percent, but ADR is up 2.8 percent. Lastly, group bookings are up 6.1 percent in committed room nights over the same time last year, and ADR is up 3.2 percent.

“Heading into the third and fourth quarter of 2016, the new reservation pace decline is occurring at a time when there is growing concern of infectious disease and terrorism that have the potential to further erode travel demand,” added Hach. “The weakening new group booking pace also places additional pressure on obtaining revenue per available room (RevPAR) performance from the transient channels, where discounting is becoming more and more prevalent. As a result, it’s imperative that hoteliers take proactive measures to maximize their online presence to consumers and travel agents alike, especially as the peak summer travel season begins to fade.”

Tabel - Hotel Booking Trends Q3 2016

Tabel - Hotel Booking Trends Q4 2016

The July NAHR looks at group sales commitments and individual reservations in the 25 major North American markets for hotel stays that are booked by July 1, 2016, from the period of July 2016 to June 2017.

*Committed Occupancy – (Transient rooms reserved + group rooms committed) / capacity

The third quarter combines forward-looking data (July through September).

About TravelClick, Inc.
TravelClick (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, Bucharest, Dubai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore. Follow us on twitter.com/TravelClick and facebook.com/TravelClick.



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