STR: Hotel supply in Africa estimated to grow 11%

Sharm El Sheikh recorded a 13.9% increase in occupancy for the first eight months of the year

STR reported mixed performance results across Africa.
STR reported mixed performance results across Africa.

Africa currently has 301 hotel projects in the pipeline, accounting for 57,011 rooms, or 11.0% of the continent’s existing room supply, according to STR data from August 2017.

Ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), STR underlined Africa’s key hotel development and performance trends.

Ahead of his AHIF presentation on Wednesday, October 11, Thomas Emanuel, STR’s director of business development, commented on recent performance trends in the market.

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“Across Africa, we’ve seen mixed performance results to date,” Emanuel said. “In local currencies, rates are up in several countries, including Egypt, Morocco and South Africa, but in many instances, you need to consider exchange rates to see the full picture.

“Meanwhile, some other markets are already experiencing performance declines as a result of supply growth, such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Algeria, so it will be very interesting to see how these markets respond as more rooms continue to come online.”

As of August, Egypt hotels posted a 70.1% increase in average daily rate (ADR) to EGP1,185.53. While the country’s ADR has remained above EGP1,000 each month since November 2016, the devaluation of the Egyptian pound has significantly inflated figures.

When reported in US dollars, Egypt’s ADR declined 17.2% for the January to August 2017 time period, dropping to an actual level of US$66.54. Occupancy, on the other hand, rose 17.2% to 52.7%.

At the market level, Cairo posted an 8.5% increase in occupancy and a 72.5% increase in ADR (-16.2% in U.S. dollars), resulting in 87.2% growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR) to EGP997.58.

Although Sharm El Sheikh recorded a 13.9% increase in occupancy for the first eight months of the year, the market’s actual occupancy level was only 40.4%. STR analysts note that security concerns continue to hinder Sharm El Sheik’s hotel demand.

With the current pipeline representing more than half of the market’s existing hotel rooms, STR analysts expect that supply growth will continue pressuring Nigeria’s occupancy levels in the near future.

August year-to-date data shows a 1.2% decline in occupancy to 44.3% but a 6.8% increase in ADR to NGN47,819.53. When measured in US dollars, however, ADR declined 23.3% to $149.58. The market currently faces several challenges, with security concerns as well as struggles in Lagos due to the low oil prices.

Hotels in Ethiopia have experienced mixed performance levels thus far in 2017, with occupancy down 6.7% to 51.6% and ADR up 8.0% to ETB4,914.13. STR analysts note that the country’s number of room nights available increased 4.2% compared with the first eight months of 2016, which has affected occupancy levels.

For the month of August, RevPAR was down 5.4% to ETB1,834.81, mainly the result of a 4.2% drop in occupancy. Rate performance has been stronger on weekdays than weekends this year, indicating growth in corporate business, but occupancy levels are down for both weekdays and weekends.

STR’s data sample in the hotel industry comprises more than 58,000 hotels and 7.8 million hotel rooms around the world. Pipeline data reported by STR is gathered from major chains, proprietary software, management companies and independent sources.

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