U.S. hotel-room demand accelerated during the third quarter as cities such as New Orleans, Nashville and Atlanta recorded the highest growth rates, according to STR. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) advanced 9.2%, the highest year-over-year growth rate in more than eight years, as room rates rose 5.2% to almost $118, while occupancy advanced 3.8% to more than 70%. New Orleans RevPAR jumped 18%, while Nashville and Atlanta’s RevPAR each rose 17%. No major U.S. market had a decline in RevPAR. Through June, U.S. RevPAR had been up 7.5%. Get the full story at Hotel Management