Hotel Industry Performance Middle East And Africa

Negative Results for Hotel Industry in the Middle East and Positive Performance for African Hoteliers for July 2017

Hotels in the Middle East reported occupancy dropped 2.8% to 56.1% in July 2017, while ADR decreased 16.1% to $134 and RevPAR fell 18.4% to $75.20. Africa's hotel industry, on the other hand, reported occupancy rose 6.9% to 60.7%, ADR increased 9.3% to $97.81 and RevPAR jumped 16.8% to $59.34.

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative results during July 2017, while hotels in Africa recorded growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.

U.S. dollar constant currency, July 2017 vs. July 2016

Middle East

  • Occupancy: -2.8% to 56.1%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -16.1% to US$134.00
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -18.4% to US$75.20


  • Occupancy: +6.9% to 60.7%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): +9.3% to US$97.81
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +16.8% to US$59.34

Local currency, July 2017 vs. July 2016


  • Occupancy: -1.0% to 49.3%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -11.5% to BHD64.91
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -12.4% to BHD32.03

Following performance increases in June boosted by post-Ramadan celebrations, Bahrain hotels saw sharp declines in July. Those decreases fell more in line with recent trends in the country, as RevPAR through July was down 6.9% compared with the first seven months of 2016.


  • Occupancy: +12.1% to 47.9%
  • ADR: +5.8% to NGN48,490.15
  • RevPAR: +18.5% to NGN23,230.78

July was Nigeria’s strongest month thus far in 2017 thanks to a 16.7% increase in demand. According to STR analysts, strong events business in Lagos boosted occupancy and rate growth. Group (bookings of 10 or more rooms) RevPAR in the country rose 58.3% during the month.

Saudi Arabia

  • Occupancy: -5.2% to 48.0%
  • ADR: -31.6% to SAR625.78
  • RevPAR: -35.2% to SAR300.14

Saudi Arabia’s performance declines followed a weak first half of 2017, and July year-to-date RevPAR is down 15.1%. STR analysts note that although the country’s hotel performance is typically lower during the summer months, the double-digit declines for July 2017 reflect the impacts of low oil prices and high hotel supply growth.

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