Hotel Industry Performance Middle East And Africa

Hotel Occupancy in the Middle East And Africa Region Up 1.0% to 64.6% for June 2014

The region reported a 1.0-percent increase in occupancy to 64.6 percent, a 3.5-percent increase in average daily rate to US$169.22 and a 4.5-percent increase in revenue per available room to US$109.24.

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The Middle East/Africa region reported positive performance year-to-date June 2014 when reported in U.S. dollars, according to data compiled by STR Global. 

The region reported a 1.0-percent increase in occupancy to 64.6 percent, a 3.5-percent increase in average daily rate to US$169.22 and a 4.5-percent increase in revenue per available room to US$109.24. 

“While there has not been a lot of movement in occupancy, rate has increased by 5.4 percent when measured in a constant-currency basis in U.S. dollars[1], resulting in RevPAR growth of 6.4 percent for the first six months of the year”, said Elizabeth Winkle, managing director of STR Global. “We are seeing rate growth for all three sub-regions, including the Middle East (+2.4 percent), Northern Africa (+2.0 percent) and Southern Africa (+7.2 percent). It is nice to see some ADR growth across the region, albeit muted, in spite of instability and turbulence in many of the countries. 

“The Middle East, which will be affected by Ramadan starting on 29 June[PM1] , has reported a mixed picture for the first six months of the year”, Winkle continued. “Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have been the standout countries so far this year. Coming from a low base, Jordan (+11.4 percent) and Bahrain (+18.3 percent) both recorded double-digit RevPAR increases for the first half of the year, in local and constant currency”.

In June 2014, the region’s occupancy fell 0.6 percent to 61.3 percent; its ADR increased 3.0 percent to US$142.80; and its RevPAR rose 2.4 percent to US$87.57.

Highlights among the Middle East/Africa region’s key markets for June 2014 include (year-over-year comparisons, all currency in U.S. dollars):

  • Doha, Qatar (+17.4 percent to 75.2 percent), and Beirut, Lebanon (+17.2 percent to 63.7 percent), reported the largest occupancy increases.
  • Nairobi, Kenya, posted the largest occupancy decrease, falling 11.6 percent to 57.7 percent.
  • Two markets achieved double-digit ADR increases: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (+12.0 percent to US$282.62), and Manama, Bahrain (+11.9 percent to US$212.73).
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, fell 6.9 percent in ADR to US$221.47, posting the largest decrease in that metric.
  • Four markets experienced RevPAR growth of more than 15.0 percent: Manama (+27.5 percent to US$123.12); Beirut (+20.4 percent to US$105.37); Cape Town, South Africa (+16.0 percent to US$51.68); and Doha (+15.6 percent to US$130.05).
  • Nairobi fell 13.0 percent to US$85.11 in RevPAR, posting the largest decrease in that metric. 

Performances of key countries in June 2014* (all monetary units in local currency):



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*percentages are increases/decreases for June 2014 versus June 2013

[1] [1] All constant currency ADR and RevPAR figures have been converted with the exchange rate as of 31 January 2014.

[PM1]A quick online search shows the start date the evening of June 28 (or the early morning of June 29)

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