The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has had severe negative consequences for many sectors of the American economy. This is certainly true for the hotel and hospitality industries, which have been particularly hard hit.
According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the hotel industry is experiencing record low occupancy rates. Occupancy rates averaged about 66% in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The AHLA projects an average occupancy rate for 2020 at approximately 38%. This is substantially lower that the 2007-2009 recession, when occupancy rates dropped to 54%.
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