More than two years after the collapse of the Canadian economy, hotel supply in the United States has become even more scarce.
Hotel supply in Canada was in decline by $2.7 billion in 2016, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which includes hotel supply.
That compares with a $2 billion decline in the U,K., and France.
Canada’s tourism industry is expected to grow in 2019, but that could come with a major drop in the number of hotels in the country.
Canada is also facing a shortage of hotel bedding.
The National Post reports that some hotels are struggling to find enough bedding for guests, including a shortage in the province of British Columbia, where the number in use has risen by 70 per cent since 2013.
Canadian hotels also have been facing financial problems since 2014, when the price of natural gas dropped to below $US1 per million British thermal units.
The natural gas price has since recovered to around $US2 per million Btu.
Despite the shortages, hotels are still enjoying a boom in the past year.
A recent survey by hotel research firm Mercer found that hotel occupancy was up 25 per cent year-on-year in 2016.
In contrast, the number at the peak of the recession, in 2008, was down 21 per cent.