• Philly Has Record Year

     
    POSTED December 23, 2015
     

Just in time for the new year, Center City Philadelphia is right on track to end 2015 with a record hotel occupancy.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:

Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is estimated to hit a record 77.4 percent in up from 75.5 percent in 2014. Visitors to Philadelphia from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms—another record.

Leisure Is One Of Three Major Segments:

The leisure segment of travelers will set a record as well for 2015. Tourists are projected to account for 31 percent of room nights in Center City, as opposed to just 14 percent in 1997, when Visit Philadelphia started marketing the area as a leisure destination (254,000 versus 976,400 room nights—a 284 percent increase).

This means one in every three Center City hotel guests is a leisure traveler.

They fill rooms every day of the week, especially from June through October. In 2015, Saturday night occupancy—a major sign of a city’s strength as a leisure destination—will hit a record 88 percent and take its place as the highest of the week in Center City, as it has been for more than a decade.

Hotel Room Rates:

The 2015 average daily rate is projected to hit $182, another record for Center City. Each segment is showing ADR increases compared to 2014: Commercial is projected to increase 5 percent to $200; group is projected to increase 5 percent to $188; and leisure is projected to increase 4 percent to $166.

“People are coming for Philadelphia—the destination itself is the reason to visit, and travelers are doing it more and more every year,” says Meryl Levitz, president/CEO, Visit Philadelphia. “The pope was here for a weekend; the rest of the year succeeded simply because of Philly.”

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.