Marriott has reported a fourth quarter web lack of $164 million because the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit hospitality.
The determine is in comparison with a web earnings of $279 million within the year-ago quarter.
Comparable systemwide fixed greenback RevPAR for the three months interval declined 64 per cent worldwide, 65 per cent in america and Canada, and 63 per cent in worldwide markets when in comparison with the 2019 fourth quarter.
The corporate added practically 63,000 rooms globally throughout 2020, together with greater than 28,000 rooms in worldwide markets and a complete of roughly 8,100 conversion rooms.
Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott group president, stated: “With the worldwide pandemic, 2020 was probably the most difficult yr in our 93-year historical past.
“In April, we skilled the sharpest worldwide RevPAR decline on document, down 90 per cent yr over yr with simply 12 per cent occupancy.
“Demand world wide improved from this trough at various charges, with China main the way in which.
“RevPAR in mainland China noticed a significant rebound by way of the yr and was down lower than ten per cent yr over yr in December.”
She added: “Whereas China has proven that demand will be fairly resilient when the virus is perceived to be contained, we now have additionally seen that progress will be slowed by important spikes in virus circumstances, reminiscent of we noticed in america and Europe in direction of the top of 2020.
“World occupancy remained at 35 per cent within the fourth quarter, in keeping with the third quarter, and nonetheless considerably above the trough in April.
“Whereas nobody can know the way lengthy this pandemic will final, we’re seeing some small, early indicators that the acceleration of vaccine rollouts world wide will assist drive a big rebound in journey and lodging demand.”
Marriott earlier this week announced that chief government Arne Sorenson had died after being recognized with pancreatic most cancers.
Leeny Oberg, Marriott chief monetary officer, stated: “We’re all deeply saddened by Arne Sorenson’s surprising passing.
“We’re grateful to have been in a position to work with such an inspiring and gifted chief and can at all times treasure our reminiscences of working with him.
“Our management workforce is dedicated to honouring him by constructing on his unbelievable legacy as we transfer the corporate ahead.”