Among the three Top 25 Markets that hosted Pope Francis during his visit to the United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, experienced the most significant year-over-year increases in revenue per available room, according to data from STR, Inc.New York, New York, and Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, also reported double-digit RevPAR growth during days on which Pope Francis visited the respective markets.
Compared with the same days from 2014, Philadelphia posted a 79.1% RevPAR increase to US$163.60 on Friday, 25 September, as well as a 78.8% increase to US$182.33 on Saturday, 26 September. For the week of 20-26 September, Philadelphia reported the highest RevPAR increase (+35.2% to US$121.61) for any of the U.S. Top 25 Markets.
New York, New York, reported a 20.5% RevPAR increase to US$374.17 on Thursday, 24 September, and a 29.2% increase to US$366.26 on Friday, 25 September.
On Wednesday, 23 September, Washington, D.C., saw an 11.0% RevPAR increase to US$140.52.