by Michael J. Shapiro | June 27, 2012

 Lodging analyst PKF Hospitality Research is forecasting growth in revenue per available room of 5.8 percent for the year and 6.6 percent in 2013, according to the June 2012 edition of Hotel Horizons. The outlook for the U.S. lodging industry remains unchanged from the company's March forecast, despite lingering economic uncertainty. "Given the headlines of late, I understand why our clients are concerned about the future health of the economy and the U.S. lodging industry," noted PKF-HR president R. Mark Woodworth in a statement. But, Woodworth, added, factors such as sluggish job growth and European economic woes have been concerns for quite some time. "Despite these conditions, the performance of the U.S. lodging market during the first quarter of 2012 was just as strong as we had forecast," he said. PKF calls for an occupancy growth of 1.6 percent for 2012, as well as a 4.1 percent gain in average daily rate.