More than 75% of hotel rooms in the United States remain empty, according to hotel data and analytics company STR.
Nationwide hotels reported an occupancy rate of 23.4% for the week ending April 18, which represents a 64% decrease from the same week last year.
The numbers are a slight increase from recent weeks, but STR attributes that to rooms being used by people working to respond to the pandemic.
“It is important to state that this is not any type of early-recovery sign,” Jan Freitag, STR’s senior vice president of lodging insights said in a statement. “Rather, more demand can be attributed to frontline workers.”
New York City, were some medical workers are being housed in hotels, posted an occupancy rate of about 33%, up from a low of about 15% for the week ending March 28.
Oahu Island, Hawaii, remains the market with lowest occupancy. Only 8% of the rooms there are occupied.