According to Lindsay Culbreath, senior director of business development and marketing for STR, midscale independents have a higher occupancy and a revenue per available room premium over midscale chain properties. What's more, their premium continues to grow - what started off as a $14 premium (in 2007) has grown to $19. For the purpose of her presentation, Culbreath focused on luxury independents and looked at three specific markets: Miami, New York City and Boston. Luxury independents outperformed the luxury chain properties in all three markets, she said. Miami is a slightly different animal, as it has more luxury independent properties than New York City and Boston. Sixty-five percent of hotels in New York City and Boston are branded, while 35% are independent, according to Culbreath. New York City luxury independents are unable to compete with chains when it comes to occupancy, she said. Get the full story at Hotel News Now