The U.S. markets that had the biggest drop in hotel occupancy in September of 2001, compared to September of 2000, were San Francisco, Boston, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City, in that order, according to Smith Travel Research.

The U.S. markets with the least impact during the month of September were Houston, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Tampa.

Smith Travel Research also reports that, by chain scale, the upper upscale and upscale hotels have declined two to three times more than midscale and economy hotels.

The figures were outlined by Robert Gilbert, CHME, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association during a seminar at the Professional Convention Management Association in Nashville in January.