Papal visit pays off for American hoteliers

2nd Oct 2015

Among the three Top 25 Markets that hosted Pope Francis during his visit to the United States, Philadelphia, experienced the most significant year-over-year increases in revenue per available room, according to data from STR, Inc.

New York and Washington, DC also reported double-digit RevPAR growth during days on which Pope Francis visited the respective markets.

Compared with the same days from 2014, Philadelphia posted a 79.1 per cent RevPAR increase to US$163.60 on Friday, September 25th, as well as a 78.8 per cent increase to US$182.33 on Saturday, September 26th.

For the week of September 20th-26th, Philadelphia reported the highest RevPAR increase (up 35.2 per cent to US$121.61) for any of the US Top 25 Markets.

New York reported a 20.5 per cent RevPAR increase to US$374.17 on Thursday, September 24th, and a 29.2 per cent increase to US$366.26 on Friday, September 25th.


On Wednesday, September 23rd, Washington, DC, saw an 11 per cent RevPAR increase to US$140.52.


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