Paris hotels weather long transit strike

Despite getting caught in the crossfire of a crippling
transit strike this winter, Paris hotels saw relatively little impact on revenue,
average daily rate and occupancy for the month of December, reports hospitality
data firm STR.

The strike, which began Dec. 5, affected the city’s metro
and commuter rail, national and some international rail, and some short- and
medium-haul flights. Transit services only returned to running at near-normal
levels earlier this week.

STR data indicates that Paris hotels managed to carve out a 7%
increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) for December, to roughly 139 euros
($153). During the month, Paris hotels had average daily rate (ADR) growth of
nearly 6%, to 206 euros ($227). Occupancy was up 1%, to 67%.

Still, the healthy December capped a challenging year for
Paris tourism. In addition to the long-running transit strike, the city was plagued
by violent protests throughout much of 2019, with demonstrators smashing
windows and setting fires around the Champs-Elysees and other famous tourist
sites.  

For 2019, STR reports that Paris RevPAR was down 0.8% from
the year prior, to 168 euros ($185). Occupancy slipped 2.3%, to 77%. ADR,
however, was up 1.4%, to 219 euros ($241). 

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