The Effect of Holidays on Hotel Daily Revenue

Fred J. DeMicco, Yan Lin, Ling Liu, Lídia Rejtõ, Srikanth Beldona, Diccon Bancroft

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The holiday effect phenomenon has been studied in industry sectors such as securities, retail, and so on. Literature is devoid of a purposeful study specific to the hospitality industry that evaluates the economic impact of holidays on the hotel industry. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of holidays on hotel daily revenue. Using daily occupancy data of the U.S. lodging industry between January 2000 and February 2004, the study found a significant holiday effect prevalent in the hotel industry. Findings indicate that individual effects of holidays on hotel daily revenue differ significantly from one to another. In addition, some holidays have differential impacts depending on the day of the week on which they fall. Findings can be used to develop more targeted strategies by the lodging industry as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-133
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • daily revenue
  • economic impact
  • holiday effect
  • lodging industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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