Hotel Investment Activity in Canada Witnesses Significant Decline According to Colliers International Hotels’ Annual Report
Average price per room declined 25% nationally; Western Canada led with highest number of transactions and room pricing
On a regional basis, Western Canada led the pack last year with 36 traditional transactions, followed by Ontario with 34 transactions and the balance in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Alberta had the highest price per room (excluding strategic transactions) at $137,700 which represents a 23 per cent increase compared to the previous year. Ontario posted the lowest overall pricing at $65,100 per room, a 26 per cent decline from 2007. The stronger position of Western Canadian markets, especially in the first half of 2008 was also evident by the divergence in the average price-per-room which was 70 per cent higher than in the rest of Canada ($112,400 vs. $66,000).
Regional Volume By Price Per Room1
- 1The mix breakdown by province or region reflects a percentage of total traditional trades
- 2Includes New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador
Source: Colliers International Hotels
Ninety-two transactions were completed in 2008, mainly led by private investors who acquired 66 hotels (72 %), followed by hotel investment companies with 16 transactions (17%), and REITs and pension funds with six and four transactions respectively. All but one hotel acquisition in 2008 were led by Canadian entities.
“While we are seeing a slowdown in the hospitality industry in Canada as a result of the global recession, it will not be as significant as in the U.S., given the market’s strong fundamentals. Canada will remain more insulated from the global credit crisis, as it has historically been a low leverage investment environment,” adds Alam Pirani, Executive Managing Director with Colliers International Hotels.
- Eighty new hotels with approximately 8,900 rooms opened in 2008, representing a 2.4 per cent increase in supply
- Seventy-four new hotels are expected to open in 2009, although due to limited availability of credit, the hotel development pipeline is expected to slow in the mid-term
The challenging economic conditions also took a toll on the average hotel value, which declined in 2008 after three consecutive years of double-digit growth. According to Colliers Hotel Value Index, which measures hotel values based on various market indicators, the average hotel value dropped by 1.4 per cent nationwide, with an additional decline of 6.3 per cent expected in 2009. Strongest value declines occurred in Montreal Airport (-8.2%) followed by Montreal Downtown and Victoria (-5.4% each).
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