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.


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


  • 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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