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STR: Middle East and Africa hotel performance for April 2016

May 28, 2016 Hotel Trends No Comments Email Email

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative results, while hotels in Africa reported mixed results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollar constant currency, according to April 2016 data from STR.

Compared with April 2015, the Middle East subcontinent reported a 1.8% decrease in occupancy to 71.1%. Average daily rate for the month was down 10.8% to US$174.18. Revenue per available room dropped 12.4% to US$123.79.

The Northern Africa and Southern Africa subcontinents experienced a 4.1% decrease in occupancy to 55.5%. However, average daily rate was up 10.4% to US$108.85, and RevPAR increased 5.8% to US$60.46.

Performance of featured countries for April 2016 (local currency, year-over-year comparisons):

Kuwait reported decreases across the three key performance metrics: occupancy (-3.0% to 58.0%), ADR (-2.1% to KWD72.60) and RevPAR (-5.1% to KWD42.12). Supply in the country has grown 6.1% year to date, and Kuwait has experienced occupancy decreases in nine of 10 months following the June 2015 bombing of the Imam al-Sadiq Mosque. July 2015 was the only month during that period with positive occupancy performance due to Eid al-Fitr.

Morocco reported an 8.2% decrease in occupancy to 57.4%, an 8.3% drop in ADR to MAD1,157.28 and a 15.9% drop in RevPAR to MAD664.24.

Saudi Arabia recorded decreases in each of the three key performance indicators. Occupancy in the country fell 2.1% to 69.9%; ADR was down 7.4% to SAR600.36; and RevPAR dropped 9.3% to SAR419.36. Demand growth (+4.1%) failed to keep pace with supply (+6.3), and ADR reached its lowest level since July 2010.

Performance of featured markets for April 2016 (local currency, year-over-year comparisons):

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, saw relatively flat occupancy performance (-0.7% to 76.3%) but double-digit decreases in ADR (-12.4% to AED496.16) and RevPAR (-13.0% to AED378.60). Occupancy remained steady as supply growth remained subdued at 3.3%. However, rate dipped to its lowest absolute level for the month of April since 2005.

Johannesburg, South Africa, experienced double-digit growth in occupancy (+12.1% to 60.9%) and RevPAR (+21.6% to ZAR553.91). ADR in the market was up 8.5% to ZAR909.72. The market’s occupancy was helped by a 2.2% decrease in supply. The depreciation of the South African Rand against the U.S. dollar and inflation has led to 33 consecutive months of year-over-year ADR increases in Johannesburg.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, reported decreases in each of the three key performance measurements: occupancy (-7.3% to 64.4%), ADR (-2.6% to SAR866.22) and RevPAR (-9.7% to SAR558.14). While Riyadh mirrors the performance of the entire country, the market did experience a high occupancy level of 92.0% on 19 April during the first day of the Saudi Arabian High Performance Computing Conference and Exhibition.

Additional performance data

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