The Middle East/Africa region reported negative year-over-year results in the three major performance metrics during April 2015 when reported in U.S. dollars, according to data compiled by STR Global.The region reported a 0.4-percent decrease in occupancy to 66.2 percent, a 4.6-percent drop in average daily rate to US$168.47 and a 5.0-percent fall in revenue per available room to US$111.45.
When looking at the three Middle East/Africa subregions, Northern Africa posted the only increases for any of the three performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars. The subregion experienced an 11.4-percent increase in occupancy to 57.6 percent and a 10.2-percent increase in RevPAR to US$51.34. ADR in Northern Africa was down 1.1 percent to US$89.11 for the month.
Amongst the key countries in the region, Egypt experienced the highest increases in all three key performance measurements. Occupancy in the country was up 16.0 percent to 59.8 percent; ADR rose 14.5 percent to US$80.46; and RevPAR increased 32.8 percent to US$48.14. The performance increases in Egypt can be attributed to low year-over-year comparables and the country’s continued economic recovery from the Arab Spring.
Mauritius also saw a double-digit increase in occupancy (+12.7 percent to 71.3 percent), but its ADR (-24.6 percent to US$195.70) and RevPAR (-15.1 percent to US$139.57) each decreased.
Morocco reported the steepest declines in both ADR (-27.4 percent to US$116.11) and RevPAR (-27.6 percent to US$71.42). A decrease in French visitors, due to economic unrest in France, led to the declines in hotel performance in Morocco.
Highlights among the Middle East/Africa region’s key markets for April 2015 include (year-over-year comparisons, all currency in U.S. dollars):
- Cairo, Egypt, reported the largest increase in occupancy, up 30.6 percent to 53.2 percent.
- Lagos, Nigeria (-28.4 percent to 40.1 percent) and Amman, Jordan (-22.4 percent to 57.7 percent) experienced the largest occupancy decreases.
- Doha, Qatar, posted the only double-digit increase in ADR, up 12.3 percent to US$201.08. Doha saw an influx of visitor arrivals for the first quarter of 2015 related to Gulf Cooperation Council events in the market.
- Muscat, Oman, saw the largest drop in ADR, down 14.4 percent to US$232.64.
- Cairo recorded the largest rise in RevPAR, up 36.1 percent to US$55.21.
- Lagos, affected by political uncertainty and slow economic growth, experienced the largest decrease in RevPAR, down 35.2 percent to US$90.95.