Canadian Hotels Report 22.3 Percent Occupancy for January 2021

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Montreal hotels (13.0%) saw the lowest occupancy level, down 74.9% year over year.

Canada’s hotel industry reported continued lows across the three key performance metrics, according to STR’s January 2021 data.  

The country’s occupancy level was up slightly from December but was its second-lowest since May 2020. As a result, RevPAR came in lower than any month in Canada since May. Year-over-year declines also remained significant.

  • Occupancy: 22.3% (-55.2%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): CAD107.21 (-27.4%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD23.96 (-67.5%)

“International travel has been severely depressed since the beginning of the pandemic, and the negative effect on hotel demand has been especially pronounced in Canada’s urban markets,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada. CoStar Group is the parent company of STR.

“With tighter travel restrictions implemented in Canada, requiring a COVID test and 14-day quarantine for arrivals, we can expect to see a further impact on the country’s hotel performance. Not all markets will be impacted equally, with the mandatory three-day hotel stay upon arrival likely to induce some room demand at government-approved hotels in the largest airport markets – Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. However, we are likely to see demand drop at smaller international airports. In the near-term, the negative impact on hotels will only be exacerbated by Canada’s suspension of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until the end of April. Domestic room demand is unlikely to offset much of the loss at this time. If the lockdown measures allow for it, more domestic room demand is expected in the summer months but is hinged upon progress being made toward containment of the virus.”

Among the provinces and territories, New Brunswick recorded the lowest occupancy level in January (12.7%), which was down 68.3% in year-over-year comparisons. The province also experienced the lowest RevPAR level (-75.3% to CAD11.48).

Among the major markets, Montreal (13.0%) saw the lowest occupancy level, down 74.9% year over year.

The highest occupancy among provinces was reported in British Columbia (-47.6% to 28.5%). At the market level, the highest occupancy was reported in Vancouver (-57.9% to 26.9%).

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