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by Michael J. Shapiro | December 22, 2010

The U.S. hotel industry posted healthy increases for the month of November, including an 11.8 percent year-over-year jump in revenue per available room, according to Smith Travel Research. That was driven by a 9 percent increase in occupancy for the month, and an average daily rate hike of 2.5 percent. "The most encouraging result this month," noted STR president Mark Lomanno in a statement, "is an acceleration of room-rate growth across a wide swath of the industry. A continuation of this trend bodes very well for 2011." The luxury segment enjoyed the largest rate increase (5.8 percent), as well as the biggest jump in RevPAR (15.7 percent).