Note: To inform the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, STR will temporarily publish weekly communication for the Caribbean based on preliminary data. This preliminary data represents a percentage of STR’s total sample for the region. Once monthly processing is complete, data points will likely appear different.

The Caribbean hotel industry experienced its steepest year-over-year declines yet in the three key performance metrics during the week of 22-28 March 2020, according to preliminary data from STR.

In comparison with the week of 24-30 March 2019, the Caribbean reported the following:

  • Occupancy: -85.9% to 10.6%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -21.8% to US$231.60
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -89.0% to US$24.44

Among data-sufficient islands within the Caribbean region, The Bahamas saw the steepest year-over-year decline in RevPAR (-95.2% to US$12.99). That was due to the region’s lowest absolute occupancy (-90.8% to 7.3%) and the largest drop in ADR (-47.8% to US$177.39).

Puerto Rico experienced the second-greatest decline in RevPAR (-92.0% to US$13.69), primarily because of a steep decrease in occupancy (-88.1% to 8.7%).

The Dominican Republic was one of the few Caribbean markets to maintain double-digit occupancy for the week (-81.0% to 13.3%), but ADR fell below US$100 (-36.6% to US$96.97), leading to the region’s lowest absolute RevPAR (-88.0% to US$12.87).

Despite a steep drop in occupancy (-89.0% to 9.2%), Barbados experienced only a mild decline in ADR (-18.6% to US$250.73) compared with the rest of the region.