United States -  Washington DC

Large-scale government activity (including national and international contractors), tourism, and local businesses all continue to provide consistent lodging demand for the Washington, D.C. market. While the downturn of 2008 and 2009 severely affected the national lodging market, it had less of an impact on the D.C. area given its status as the nation's capital, its reliance on meeting and group demand, and the presence of much of the federal government infrastructure. Thus, RevPAR fell by only 8.6% in 2009, compared to the average 19.0% decline experienced by the top 25 major lodging markets in the United States. New supply, as well as government sequestration and temporary government shutdowns, caused declines in occupancy throughout the historical period. Conversely, presidential inaugurations have positively affected the performance of area hotels, including in 2017, although this year also experienced a demand influx from the Women’s March event in January, resulting in a correction the following year. 

The Washington, D.C. market was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related decline in travel. The magnitude of the decline in D.C. was more significant than that experienced by the U.S. lodging industry as a whole; data from 2020 and 2021 indicate that D.C.'s rebound was slower than that of the nation, largely due to this area's significant reliance on the meeting/group segment. The suburban markets have fared better than the District, with more transient travel occurring in those areas, but group room nights remained low throughout the region. In 2022, ADR began rebounding mid-year, which resulted in the market's ADR surpassing the 2019 level by year's end. Occupancy growth, however, remained impeded, and occupancy fell short of a full recovery in 2022 by almost 9.0%. Despite the slow recovery of occupancy, the continued market rebound and high RevPAR thus far in 2023 have been supported by higher-rated demand from the international corporate, government, and leisure segments, including the luxury group segment. Washington, D.C.'s role as the nation’s capital, its strong corporate and institutional sectors, and the array of tourist attractions have historically supported a strong lodging market and should continue to do so going forward. Investors continue to perceive Washington, D.C. hotels as an attractive long-term investment.

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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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