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by Michael J. Shapiro | January 27, 2010

Year-end reports released Friday by Smith Travel Research sum up the beating taken by the U.S. lodging industry in 2009. Revenue per available room plummeted by 16.7 percent from the previous year, to $53.71. Occupancy was down by 8.7 percent, to 55.1 percent for the year, and the average daily rate decreased by 8.8 percent, to $97.51. New York City posted the largest drops in both ADR (21.8 percent, to $215.14) and RevPAR (down 26.3 percent, to $166.11), while Houston led occupancy decreases with a 17 percent drop, to 55.8 percent. The news out of New Orleans was relatively good, however, as it was the only market to post an ADR decrease of less than 5 percent (down 4.0 percent, to $113.52). Year-end figures just slightly bettered STR's November 2009 forecast, which called for a 17 percent drop in RevPAR for the year, an 8.8 percent decrease in occupancy and an 8.9 percent dip in ADR.