by Michael J. Shapiro | October 31, 2012

 The U.S. hotel industry enjoyed third-quarter, year-over-year increases in occupancy (up 1.2 percent), average daily rate (up 3.9 percent) and revenue per available room (up 5.1 percent), according to lodging data provider STR. The RevPAR rise was actually the lowest quarterly increase seen by the industry since the first quarter of 2010, however. "The slowdown in RevPAR was primarily attributable to lower occupancy gains in the months of July and September," explained STR senior VP of operations Bobby Bowers in a statement. "The good news is third-quarter ADR growth was solid at 3.9 percent, despite the demand challenges. We expect a continuation of slightly lower occupancy growth and good ADR movement in the final quarter of 2012," added Bowers. The four markets reporting ADR increases of more than 10 percent were: Oahu Island, Hawaii (up 15.2 percent to $190.73); Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (up 14.5 percent to $99.82); San Francisco/San Mateo, Calif. (up 13.0 percent to $183.73), and New Orleans (up 10.8 percent to $112.37).