Why do some stadiums attract more tourists and economic impact than others? It does not have to do with the quality of a city’s music scene or attractiveness, but the availability and cost of tickets. Tickets to venues in densely populated areas with higher incomes are harder to get, so instead people travel to venues with tickets that are available, and cheaper.
In 2022 and the first half of 2023, San Diego hotels experienced unprecedented RevPAR growth, similar to much of California, as markets recovered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, hotel development and transactions have been strong. However, construction of full-service hotels remains challenging amid a steep rise in development costs.
Approximately 92,000 Nebraska volleyball fans packed Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2023, to watch the Nebraska Huskers sweep Omaha in an outdoor match, setting a new women’s sporting event attendance record. Local hotels benefited from the midweek event, as most available guestrooms in the market were filled.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast reopened faster than most markets in the Southeast, allowing this area to become a drive-to destination for leisure travel. While the record room-rate increases achieved in 2021 and 2022 may not continue, new properties and attractions along the coast should support the market’s popularity going forward.
HVS publication In Focus Singapore 2023 provides an overview of Singapore’s economic outlook, infrastructure development, tourism landscape and hotel market performance, hotel transactions and investment in 2022, COVID-19 situation and outlook.
Following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jersey Shore is proving its resiliency once again. Recently, the counties along the coast have experienced record occupancy tax collection levels, an increase in the redevelopment of dated motels, and the addition of many large-scale, family-friendly attractions.
Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has had an estimated $4.6 billion impact on the US economy. This seems absurd at first, but HVS analysis reveals that Swift’s tour is an immense outlier from other concert tours in attracting attendees from out of town. More than 3.7 million people travelled more than 100 miles from home to see Swift perform.
The Florida Panhandle remains popular among hotel developers and investors given the strength of the market in the post-pandemic period. An easy-to-reach destination for drive-to and out-of-state travelers alike, this Gulf Coast region has been a hotbed of activity for construction and transactions in the traditional-model hotel space since the summer of 2020.
Silicon Valley historically experienced strong lodging performance driven by high-rated corporate demand during the week. Thus, the rise of remote work policies has had an impact on recovery. However, the presence of Big Tech, surging interest in AI technology, and expansion of the life-sciences sector are anticipated to drive growth in this market over the long term.