After Mardi Gras, hotels in the greater New Orleans area faced record declines in demand, similar to many major markets in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What has been the initial impact? How does this compare to historical declines in the city’s hospitality industry? What will the recovery look like?
The ninth annual Lodging Tax Study also looks forward and assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This analysis of 25 major US markets illustrates the depth of the impact on the hospitality industry and projects a pattern of recovery over the next few years. HVS also provides historical data on tax rates and the collection and distribution of revenue from lodging taxes levied in all 50 States and the 150 largest US cities.
Other Louisiana hotel markets have been affected by the downturn in crude oil prices that began mid-year 2014; however, recent expansions in the petrochemical and liquified natural gas industries have mitigated the impact of a significant downturn.
Activity in medicine, technology, conventions, and tourism brought near-record visitation to New Orleans over the past year. Major developments, ranging from infrastructure to new business and cultural districts, continue to drive hotel demand.