United States -  Norfolk - Virginia Beach

The greater Hampton Roads economy depends primarily on the federal government and U.S. military; the aerospace, manufacturing, and distribution industries; the healthcare sector; and leisure travelers. Most of these sources are directly related to Hampton Roads’ natural harbor and the Port of Virginia. Norfolk and Virginia Beach fared better throughout the recession because of continued Department of Defense spending. Demand began to strengthen in 2010, but increases in ADR were more modest given the reliance of local hotels on government-established per-diem rates for military service people and contractors. A decrease in occupancy in 2013 was largely attributed to the government sequestration that began in March of that year; however, occupancy and ADR grew in 2014 and 2015, concurrent with returning demand following the sequester. Significant RevPAR growth was realized in 2015 and 2016 as government-related travel through the area increased and the effects of the government sequestration subsided; ADR also grew, bolstered by stronger demand and an increase in the government per-diem rate. In 2017, occupancy increased, while ADR growth was moderate given the new supply. Both occupancy and ADR rose moderately in 2018 and 2019.

The Norfolk-Virginia Beach market was significantly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, although it fared better than many other major markets across the country given its dependence on government and military demand. While this demand has been somewhat restricted, it never completely dissipated, as travel is required to maintain continuity of national services. The market ended 2020 with a RevPAR loss of nearly 35.0% when compared with the level achieved in 2019. Demand from leisure travelers also declined in 2020; however, once the stay-at-home order was lifted, leisure travel and economic activity increased substantially. In late 2020 and throughout 2021, hotels benefited from the strong visitation levels, as Virginians and regional visitors traveling by car continued to take "staycations" or vacations. Moreover, ADR for 2021 exceeded the 2019 level given the temporary shift in segmentation; as a result, RevPAR also surpassed historical levels in 2021. ADR continued to increase in 2022, albeit at a slower pace compared to the other top 25 markets. Market RevPAR reached an all-time high that year, while occupancy fell short of the historical peak attained in 2019. The near-term outlook remains positive given the market's traditionally strong tourism industry and diverse economic base.

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Change In Value For Market:

Significant Value Increase: Greater than +10%
Moderate Value Increase: Between +3% and +10%
Stable Values: Between -3% and +3%
Moderate Value Decline: Between -3% and -10%
Significant Value Decline: More than -10%

For more information, please contact:

Chelsey Leffet
Managing Director, Northeast Leader
Valuation, Market & Feasibility Consulting
[email protected]
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Janet Snyder, MAI
Managing Director
Valuation, Market & Feasibility Consulting
[email protected]
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