Hotel Industry Real-Time Indicator

US HIP Edges Down in August Off Previous Peak

Hotel Industry Real-Time Indicator - HIP - Report on Current Business Activity Business activity in U.S. hotels decreased in August to a reading of 105.6 according to the latest reading of the U.S. Hotel Industry's Pulse (U.S.-HIP) indicator. e−'s U.S.-HIP, a composite indicator that gauges monthly overall business conditions in the U.S. hotel industry decreased 0.6% in August, following a decline of 0.5% in July. The index is set to equal 100 in 2005.

chart - Hotel Industry Real-Time Indicator August 2013

U.S.-HIP's six-month growth rate, which has historically confirmed the turning points in U.S. hotel business activity, had a negative rate of 0.1% in August, the first negative reading since December of 2009. This compares to a long-term annual growth rate of 3%, the same as the 30-year average annual growth rate of the industry's gross domestic product.

The probability of the hotel industry entering into recession, which is detected in real-time from U.S.-HIP with the help of sophisticated statistical techniques, registered 22% in August, advancing from July's rate of 14.9%. When this recession-warning gauge passes the threshold probability of 50%, the U.S. hotel industry enters a recession.

"U.S.-HIP has lost ground the last few months, led by major declines in hotel capacity. In August the six month growth rate hit negative territory for the first time in four years," said Maria Sogard, CEO of e­

One of the demand and supply indicators of current business activity that constitute Hotel Industry's Pulse (U.S.-HIP) Index had a positive contribution to its change in August: Hotel Jobs. The current business activity indicators that had a negative or zero contribution to U.S.-HIP's change in August were: Spending on Hotels and Hotel Capacity.

"The hotel industry expanded by slightly more than the US economy year over year, " added Maria. "In the last twelve months - August 2012 to August 2013 - overall economic activity, measured by's monthly U.S. GDP - rose by 1.1%. Over the same period, economic activity in U.S. Hotels, measured by HIP, increased by 1.5%.", she explained.

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The Hotel Industry Pulse, or U.S.-HIP for short, is a hotel industry indicator that was created to fill the void of a real-time monthly indicator for the hotel industry that captures current conditions. The indicator provides useful information about the timing and degree of the industry’s link with the US business cycle for the last four decades. Simply put, it tracks monthly overall business conditions in the industry, like an industry GDP, and points in a timely way to the changes in direction from growth to recession or vice versa. The composite indicator is made with the following components: revenues from consumers staying at hotels and motels adjusted for inflation, room occupancy rate and hotel employment, along with other key economic factors which influence hotel business activity. HIP indicators are also available for the United Kingdom and Germany.

The US hotel industry leading indicator, or U.S.-HIL for short, is a monthly leading indicator for the industry. Building off the tracking success of HIP, the real-time indicator for the U.S. hotel industry, U.S.-HIL was built as a composite indicator that uses nine different components that, on average, when put together have led the industry four to five months in advance of a change in direction in the industry business cycle. U.S.-HIL provides useful information about the future direction of the U.S. hotel industry. HIL indicators are also available for the United Kingdom and Germany.

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