Hotels are becoming increasingly important to many businesses, with a rising number of them providing employees with accommodation.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the United States, where hotels account for nearly two-thirds of all workers employed in the hospitality industry, according to the National Association of Hotel and Lodging Professionals (NALP).
A growing number of hotel rooms are being booked for the holidays, but many of these rooms have been vacant for years.
In some cases, it’s been years since the owner of the room was last employed there.
Many hotels and resorts are renting out rooms, often in high-demand locations, but they’re also finding it difficult to find suitable homes for the rooms, as the occupancy rate of rooms has dropped from around 90% to just under 60% over the past five years, according the NALP.
Hotel room vacancy rates: How many people are in hotels and why?
As a result, hotels are increasingly looking for alternative lodging options, such as hotel rooms, or “housekeeping”.
The average occupancy rate for a room in a hotel room is around 90%, according to a report by the National Center for State Statistics (NCSS), which is a statistical body for the US state governments and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
However, the occupancy rates vary widely by location, and some of these occupancy rates have even been as low as 80%.
A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that hotel room occupancy rates are at their lowest point since the 1970s.
The study found that hotels have had their occupancy rates at their highest since the 1950s.
Hotel occupancy rates in the US The occupancy rate is based on the number of people in a room, not the number who are sleeping there.
A room’s occupancy rate reflects the number people who have been in the room for at least 30 minutes.
The occupancy rates for hotel rooms have dropped significantly in recent years, and many of the occupancy levels in recent decades have been below the occupancy averages.
In 2017, the median occupancy rate was 83% according to NCSS, which has now fallen to 78%.
According to NALS, hotel occupancy rates declined from 78% in 2016 to 72% in 2017.
Hotel vacancy rates by state and locality: States that saw the greatest increases in hotel occupancy were New York (up 11%), Los Angeles (up 9%), Miami (up 5%), Washington (up 4%), and Texas (up 1%).
These states also have the highest percentage of residents who are either on the unemployment rolls or looking for work.
A number of the states with the highest occupancy rates also had the highest unemployment rates.
The state with the largest number of vacancies was Alaska, where an average of 4.8% of its population was unemployed, according for the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS).
New York has the highest average vacancy rate, which was 3.3%, followed by New York City (2.6%), Boston (2%), Philadelphia (2%) and San Francisco (2%).
The states with highest average unemployment rates also have highest percentage vacancies: Washington, D.C. had an average unemployment rate of 5.6%, followed closely by New Jersey (5.1%), Massachusetts (5%), Illinois (4.8%), and Ohio (4%).
The national average unemployment is 4.6%.
However, these states also experienced the largest increase in hotel vacancies over the last decade.
New York had the largest jump in hotel room vacancies between 2010 and 2017, with an average occupancy of 8.1%, and Washington and D.R. saw the largest jumps in occupancy rates between 2010 to 2017, both at 7.2% and 6.8%.
The states that had the lowest hotel occupancy rate between 2010-2017 included California (5%), Florida (3%), New York and California (2% each), and Pennsylvania (2%.)
The state that had most hotel room vacancy was Hawaii, with only 6.4% of the population unemployed in 2017, according data from the BLS.
Hawaii had the most hotel vacancies between 2015 and 2017 at 17.1% of people unemployed.
State hotel occupancy by state, 2017 Source: BLS Occupancy rates for hotels in 2017 by state: The national averages for occupancy rates of hotels by state are available at the BLEC.
The BLEP also has information on hotels, such the occupancy statistics for each hotel room type, occupancy rate, and average occupancy.
The national hotels occupancy rate peaked in 2018, but was below the national average by the end of 2017.
New rooms being rented to tourists: Hotel rooms are becoming more popular among tourists, and they are renting them out.
While there are more than 500,000 hotel rooms in the country, only about 10% of these are used as home office, office, or conference rooms, according NALPS.
The average rental price for a single room in 2016 was $1,500.
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