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by Michael J. Shapiro | May 26, 2010

Hotel occupancy in the Americas posted a year-over-year increase of 4.9 percent in April, according to Smith Travel Research, reaching 58.5 percent for the month. Revenue per available room also rose, by 4.7 percent, to $58.53. Average daily rate was essentially flat, inching down by 0.2 percent to $99.96. Mexico City reported the largest occupancy increase among all key markets, recovering from last year's influenza difficulties to post a rate of 57.9 percent -- up by almost 38 percent from 2009. Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, also enjoyed occupancy increases of more than 20 percent. U.S. occupancy increases trailed the region slightly overall, with a 4.7 percent rise to 58.4 percent. New Orleans posted the largest occupancy increase stateside, jumping by 16.1 percent to 71.6 percent.