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US Hotels State of the Union September 2022 Edition

A Pictorial Update on Our Latest Thoughts and the Facts and Figures Influencing Our Industry

September 29, 2022 2 Minute Read

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A Pictorial Update on Our Latest Thoughts and the Facts and Figures Influencing Our Industry

The CBRE Hotels Research State of the Union showcases a pictorial review of current hotel trends, leading and coincident indicators of hotel demand, and an update on cost pressures and margin flow-through. The report showcases current demand trends, as well as fundamentals by segment, location type and chain scale. The report also provides a brief update on short-term rental, group business, and capital market trends, the transaction market, the impact of virtual work and the outlook for office vacancy.

Key Takeaways

  • CBRE calls for a mild recession in 2023. GDP is expected to be flat in 2023 with negative growth in H1 2023 and positive growth in H2 2023.
    [Slides 5-8]

  • Unemployment remains low but is expected to increase. Full employment and worker shortage will lead to further wage pressures.
    [Slides 10-17]

  • CBRE expects higher and more persistent inflation. Inflation is expected to remain above the long-run average of 3.3% until 2024.
    [Slides 19-22]

  • August RevPAR weakens. Most chain scales and location types saw a pullback relative to 2019.
    [Slides 24-34]

  • TSA throughput data remains above 90% of 2019 post Labor Day. TSA data and Google search trends data continue to be positive.
    [Slides 36, 43, 44]

  • Consumer and business outlook is softening. Credit levels are on the rise while business and consumer confidence wane.
    [Slides 41-42]

  • Post Labor Day return-to-office disappoints. A disappointing return-to-office is a headwind to business travel.
    [Slides 46-48]

  • International travel continues to rebound. Despite FX headwinds, we expect international travel to drive demand.
    [Slides 50-52]

  • The inflationary environment is leading to margin pressures. July margins declined 420 basis points year over year.
    [Slides 54-59]