At the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in January, Mark Lomanno, president of hospitality research firm Smith Travel Research, presented STR's projections for the hotel industry. It was a string of bad numbers. Hotel occupancy: down 4.2 percent in 2008 and expected to drop by 3.9 percent in 2009. Hotels' average daily rate: up 6 percent in 2007, up only 2.4 percent in 2008, and expected to drop by 2 percent in 2009. STR's chart showing this year's projected supply (up 2.4 percent) vs. ...

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