By Terry Trucco
It’s time for my annual over-the-shoulder look at the year that was in New York City hotels.
If New York felt unusually crowded in 2013 there was good reason. The city hosted 54.3 million visitors, up from 52.7 in 2012 and nearly 20 million more than in 2002.
And while some of them no doubt stayed with friends, relatives and Airbnb, others helped fill the 30 million hotel room nights sold, up 1 million from 2012. The results? Visitors on average paid a pricey $296 a night, and hotels enjoyed an 87.8 percent occupancy rate.
And more rooms are on the way in 2014. Expect 100,000 by the end of the year, up from 91,500 in 2012.
But how can they top 2013? Last year saw the arrival of the tallest hotel in the United States, a towering Marriott mash-up – half Courtyard Marriott (378 rooms), half Residence Inn (261 rooms) – looming over Broadway and 54th Street (more on this big baby in a future post). (more…)