Pent-up journey demand plus airline labor shortages plus rising gas costs equals motels in drivable locations getting a lift, in accordance with Moody’s Analytics.

A dear and chaotic summer season stuffed with flight cancellations and airways the world over scaling again their schedules has led to the continuation of the pandemic-induced development of vacationers opting to eschew airports altogether and trip in locations reachable by automotive. Apart from Oahu, Hawaii, trip spots which might be accessible by automotive from main metro areas (similar to these surrounding New York Metropolis, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey) have seen a rise in occupancy charges and income per obtainable room (RevPAR) previously month.

RevPAR and Occupancy Progress July 2022 

Market RevPAR Progress Occupancy Progress
Myrtle Seaside 19.5% 7.1%
Oahu 18.4% 9.5%
San Diego 17.8% 1.5%
Virginia Seaside 13.6% 2.0%
Albany 11.3% 4.8%
Daytona Seaside 10.3% 3.2%
Fort Myers 7.8% 7.2%
Anaheim 7.6% 0.9%
Cincinnati 7.0% 0.3%
Sacramento 7.0% -0.2%
[Source: Moody’s Analytics CRE]

Regardless that COVID-19 restrictions have lengthy lifted in lots of areas, lodge restoration is pretty uneven. Lodges in much less accessible locations the place the majority of their friends fly in aren’t seeing as a lot of an uptick in occupancy ranges. Lowered occupancy doesn’t essentially ring the demise knell for the lodge business as greater room charges could make up for the shortage of demand. However with a recession brewing within the background, the mannequin of fewer occupants and dearer rooms is probably not very sustainable for lengthy.