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by Michael J. Shapiro | March 17, 2010

Both occupancy and revenue per available room for the U.S. hotel industry were up for the week ending March 6, according to data released by Smith Travel Research. Occupancy increased by 4 percent over the previous year, and RevPAR inched up by 0.9 percent. Though slight, the rise was significant in that it was only the third such increase in the past year and a half, and the first that wasn't driven by holiday business. Average daily rate dropped by 3 percent, however, to $96.05.