Unlike other major markets in the U.S., the Twin Cities metro area has struggled to bounce back from the pandemic, negative safety perceptions, and the addition of new hotels. However, positive marketing campaigns, publicity from national sporting events, a strong convention outlook, and the potential for hosting the World Expo in 2027 should support a rebound for this lodging market.
Reeling from the impact of new supply, seasonality, civil unrest, and a global pandemic, Minneapolis-St. Paul hotels faced a staggering RevPAR drop in 2020, worse than most cities in the United States. While the greater metro-area hotel market has begun to bounce back, it is at a much a slower pace than the national rebound. What has the recovery looked like thus far? When will the market return to pre-pandemic levels?
Rod Clough, President – Americas, interviewed Tanya Pierson, Senior Managing Director, Minneapolis and Justin Westad, Vice President, Minneapolis overseeing the Upper Midwest region, on March 23, 2021, to discuss the current market dynamics and the outlook for recovery.
The Twin Cities hotel market has suffered a greater loss than that of the nation given the combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. Many hotels suspended operations between April and June, with little activity taking place in urban cores. How far has the market fallen, and what will the next few years look like?
Albeit often not the winter weather, the lower cost of living, numerous leisure and recreational attractions, and the presence of Fortune 500 companies drives the appeal of the Twin Cities. While 2018 was a record year for the metro hospitality market, 2019 was less profitable for many of the roughly 370 hotels in the hub of the nation’s friendliest state.
Minneapolis is home to many Fortune 500 companies and more than 11,000 hotel rooms. High quality of life, diversity of employers, and leisure attractions continue to entice demand and an ensuing level of hotel development to the area.
Anchored by the Mayo Clinic, Downtown Rochester has experienced a plethora of development attributed to the $5.6-billion Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, which is the largest economic development initiative in Minnesota’s history.
Major events and tourism boosted occupancy and average rate in the Twin Cities in 2015. Hotels stand to benefit from increased visitation in the years to come, keeping average rates and property values on the rise.
Vicki Richman attended Disney Institute. We have incorporated much of what she learned into our company. Every year we improve our company’s culture and that of our hotels. If the Walt Disney Company is any benchmark, it's clearly worth doing.
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