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Hampton Roads hotel industry ends streak of highest occupancy rate in market; performance sees slight increase

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Old Dominion University Dragas Center for Economic Analysis released new data on Wednesday that show a decrease in hotel revenues and rooms sold throughout Virginia and Hampton Roads this week.

The local hotel industry’s streak of having the highest occupancy rate among the top 25 markets in the nation, ended this week. Its occupancy rate is now ranked fourth among the top markets.  

Dragas says that the area continues to see the smallest declines in both occupancy and RevPAR among the top 25 markets since the week of Sept. 6 through Sept. 12.

According to STR data released, hotel revenues are down 45%, and rooms sold are down by 28% since this time last year.

In some instances, data shows that the Average Daily Rate paid for a hotel room during the week of Oct. 25 dropped 23% and the Revenue Per Available Room dropped by 44%.

That is putting some hotel stays at less than $83.62 a room — which is slightly cheaper than the last report.

The overall occupancy rate of hotels in Hampton Roads for the past four weeks — when compared with the same time last year — shows a decline by 18%, ADR by 13%, and RevPAR by 28%.

Rooms sold during the latest week fell by 46% in the Virginia portion of the Washington market and 17% in the Hampton Roads market. The Chesapeake/Suffolk market fared better than other submarkets in Hampton Roads with a decrease in rooms sold by 11.6%.   

Within the Hampton Roads market, hotel revenue fell by 38% in Williamsburg, 35% in Norfolk/Portsmouth, 27% in Newport News/Hampton, 19% in Chesapeake/Suffolk, and 18.5% in Virginia Beach. 

Rooms sold fell by 32% in Williamsburg, 19% in Norfolk/Portsmouth, 14% in Newport News/Hampton, and 13% in Virginia Beach.

Over the last four weeks, the data also shows that the Williamsburg hotel market has the poorest performance. The city led with declines in occupancy by 41%, ADR by 13%, RevPAR by 49%, room revenues by 51%, and rooms sold by 44%.

“Performance of the hotels in the commonwealth during this week was in general slightly better than last week,” said Professor Vinod Agarwal of the Dragas Center. “COVID-19 continues to have adverse impacts on this industry.”


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Hotel Hit Squad: Once the haunt of royal guest from Hampton Court, The Mitre is truly thrilling

This is, frankly, thrilling. We are still caught in the worst crisis that British hospitality has faced and here I am in a new hotel that brims with optimism and a bright future. Covid be gone. The Mitre is here.

If you know the elegant Lutyens bridge that straddles the Thames between London and Surrey at Hampton, you may have glanced at The Mitre and inwardly sighed: a fine landmark gone to seed, the sort of clapped-out place you hurry past.

In fact, it has always been a hostelry, built in 1665 to accommodate the courtiers of King Charles II when he occupied Hampton Court Palace, which stands opposite. It had a moment in the 1960s, when Shirley Bassey would pop in for lobster thermidor, but after that its fortunes dipped.

Enter Hector Ross, formerly in charge of the Bel & the Dragon pub chain and Beaverbrook hotel. He is young yet, but he knows what he’s doing.

The hotel had a moment in the 1960s but after that its fortunes dipped – until now

Supported by a couple of backers and a substantial bank loan, Ross bought The Mitre shortly before the beginning of lockdown and opened it soon after the end. He and a trusted team of builders (“my brothers”) moved in and spent those lockdown months on a top-to-toe refurbishment, creating a new open-to-view kitchen and implementing his friend Nicola Harding’s gorgeous, country-meets-town interiors, with original art, oak floors, tongue and groove panelling, soft velvet fabrics, Ottoline and de Gournay wallpapers and many subtle shades of paint.

Another good friend and colleague, the very tall Ronnie Kimbugwe, formerly executive chef of Bel & the Dragon, manned a vintage Citroen food van called Polly outside the hotel that made the resurging Mitre a talking point for locals during lockdown. Add Claire Fyfe, MasterChef contestant, interior designer and landscape artist as the new-to-the-game hotel manager, and you have Ross’s dream team.

You’ve either got it or you haven’t in the hospitality game. Ross, who was brought up in St James’s Palace because his father was a senior member of the royal household, has got it. He knows that generosity is key (sensible room rates, a glass of English wine on arrival, complimentary cookies and King’s Ginger liqueur, fresh flowers, Bramley bath products in the bedrooms).

He values his overnight guests enough to give them their own private sitting room (an engaging space in the oldest part of the building with shelves of books, honesty bar and a jukebox).

‘Am I in a London hotel or a rural one? The capital is at my feet, but country pursuits are on hand’

No two bedrooms are the same and they are all lovely: homely yet vibrant, with a mix of old and new furniture (much of it came with the hotel), paperbacks chosen by Fyfe, free-standing bath tubs, charming café curtains and the prettiest of mirrors.

The Mitre is substantial. It has two restaurants, a lovely events space, the orangery,

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North Port Hampton Inn & Suites to host job fair

Earle Kimel
 
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

NORTH PORT — Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Saturday to hire staff in anticipation of opening the hotel in early December.

The 100-room hotel at 5664 Tuscola Boulevard will be the first new hotel in North Port since 1973.

“What we’re looking forward to and me specifically, I’m looking forward to bringing people in, putting them to work here in town, getting this hotel open and really providing something for the community,” said General Manager Dan Harrison, who is looking forward to the way the new hotel can help shape the city’s economic development path. “We want to be able to provide jobs, we want people to have a great place to work and a great place to stay.”

The hiring event will be conducted outdoors and follow all COVID-19 social distancing protocols. All attendees must wear masks.

The hotel will be hiring full-time positions for housekeeping, front desk and food and beverage jobs, including people to staff the breakfast service and bartenders.

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Medical, dental and vision insurance, a flexible spending account, as well as a 401K, employee travel and vacation, sick and holiday pay are offered.

Most of the interest so far has come from the local community, Harrison said.

That’s no surprise to Virginia Haly, president of Visit Sarasota County, who noted that a lot of people who work in the hospitality industry throughout Sarasota County already live in North Port and could cut their commute to work down to 10 to 15 minutes.

“They’ll have a lot of appeal,” she said.

The anticipated early December opening is welcome news to Haley, too.

“You know how long I have wanted to have a national branded hotel in North Port and it’s almost here!” she said.

Lodgco Hospitality, a Mount Pleasant, Michigan-based family-owned hospitality chain, actually took a bit of a chance in deciding to build in North Port, since traditional economic formulas call for more homes in the area.

But that was somewhat offset when the Atlanta Braves relocated its spring training complex to CoolToday Park in the Wellen Park neighborhoods of the city.

On top of that, the North Port City Commission both crafted an ordinance to allow Lodgco to defer paying city impact fees for up to two years and waived some design standards that may have otherwise pushed construction costs too high for investors.

The four-story hotel is a new prototype for Hilton. Lodgco currently operates three other properties in the area, including a Home2 Suites in Nokomis and Hyatt Place hotels in Lakewood Ranch and near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

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