Industry Update
Performance23 May 2019

STR: April 2019 Middle East/Africa Hotel Performance

Hotels in the Middle East grew occupancy by 4.1% to 74.6% in April as ADR declined 7.1% to $148.28 and RevPAR decreased 3.3% to $110.62. Africa hotel occupancy rose 0.8% to 62.1%, ADR jumped 8.1% to $116.18 and RevPAR rose 9% to $72.15 for the month.

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Smith Travel Research

LONDON — Hotels in the Middle East reported mixed April 2019 performance results, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.

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U.S. dollar constant currency, April 2019 vs. April 2018

Middle East

  • Occupancy: +4.1% to 74.6%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -7.1% to US$148.28
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -3.3% to US$110.62

Africa

  • Occupancy: +0.8% to 62.1%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): +8.1% to US$116.18
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +9.0% to US$72.15

Local currency, April 2019 vs. April 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Occupancy: +8.5% to 62.2%
  • ADR: +8.2% to ZAR1,631.71
  • RevPAR: +17.3% to ZAR1,014.60

STR analysts note that the strong increases were due to the year-over-year comparison with a weak April 2018, which was impacted by the water crisis in the country. Oxford Economics' 2019 forecast for South Africa projects a 4.8% jump in overnight tourist arrivals to the country. However, the upcoming presidential elections may impact tourism arrivals in the short term.

Amman, Jordan

  • Occupancy: +7.7% to 72.7%
  • ADR: +1.2% to JOD100.21
  • RevPAR: +9.1% to JOD72.81

The occupancy and RevPAR levels were the highest for an April in Amman since 2014. Demand (+7.7%) was driven by the Amman Jazz Festival (19-23 April), the 11th Amman Contemporary Dance Festival (6-20 April) and the Brazilian Food Festival (24-27 April).

Download STR's April 2019 global hotel review.

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