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Green Street Sees Slowdown Ahead for Leisure Hotels’ Growth

The leisure travel segment has rallied since the depths of the pandemic, compared with lodging properties more reliant on business travel. However, a new report from Green Street questions how long the party will last. 

“U.S. resort hotels have enjoyed an unprecedented run of pricing power since mid-’21, with average daily rates (ADR), RevPAR, and hotel EBITDA well-above pre-COVID peaks in many leisure destinations, especially ‘drive-to’ locations,” the report states. Yet “quickly normalizing travel patterns, worrying consumer sentiment, and macroeconomic storm clouds beg the question of whether leisure travel is due for a course correction.” 

Looking at the macroeconomic environment, Green Street says declining economic conditions and bleak consumer sentiment “appear likely to impact discretionary spending more immediately and to a greater degree than other areas of the economy.” Accordingly, Green Street expects “a slowing in recent eye-popping growth and suggest that expected returns are modestly below urban hotels.” 

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