STR: Canada hotel results for March 2023

Canada’s hotel occupancy was its highest since October, according to STR’s data for March.  

For the month (percentage change from 2019)

  • Occupancy: 62.6 percent (+4.2 percent)
  • Average daily rate: C$177.72 (+19.6 percent)
  • Revenue per available room: C$111.23 (+24.6 percent)

In comparison, for February:  

  • Occupancy: 59.2 percent (+0.7 percent)
  • ADR: C$174.62 (+16.5 percent)
  • RevPAR: C$103.33 (+17.3 percent)

"Canada's hotel performance continued on its upward trajectory in March, with key metric indices showing accelerated growth compared to the first two months of the year," said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group's director of hospitality analytics for Canada. CoStar Group is the parent company of STR.

“Notably, the ADR increase against 2019 was the highest of the pandemic era, showing no signs of pulling back on a national level,” Baxter said. “Rate improvements were seen during the weekday, with the index once again advancing on 2019 levels, suggesting that corporate rate increases implemented this year are starting to reflect in the weekday data. Added leisure rates during March break, which are typically higher than corporate rates, also contributed favorably to the blended weekday rate. When examining location types, the highest room rate lifts were in resorts and airport hotels, further pointing to strong growth surrounding March break travel.

“Weekday occupancy was 3 percent ahead of the 2019 comparable, a positive sign for the return of business travel. April and May weekday occupancy will give a better reading on the segment’s health, but we have seen improvements taking place with first-quarter weekday occupancy down just 1 percent against the pre-pandemic level. This is down slightly more in urban hotels, a decline of 5 percent over the same timeframe, demonstrating the lag of corporate travel. The segment with the most runway for improvement at a national level, however, is group with occupancy down 9 percent from the Q1 2019.”

Top Markets

Among the provinces and territories, Manitoba recorded the highest March occupancy level (76.7 percent), which surpassed the pre-pandemic comparable by 14 percent.

Among the major markets, Vancouver reported the highest occupancy level (77.5 percent), which was 3.8 percent above 2019.

New Brunswick (51.5 percent) saw the lowest occupancy among provinces, up 0.6 percent against 2019. At the market-level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Calgary (56.3 percent) which was 9.8 percent above the 2019 comparable.

Of note, Prince Edward Island hotels benefited from hosting the Canada Winter Games, resulting in an increase across the key performance metrics: occupancy (51.9 percent), ADR (C$149.01) and RevPAR (C$77.36).