The New Year has turned out positive for the Middle East/Africa region.
As per recent reports from STR Global, the region reported a positive year-over-year performance in two of the three major metrics during January 2015.
The region reported a 1.2% increase in occupancy to 62.8%, a one percent rise in revenue per available room to US$115.61 and a 0.2% decrease in average daily rate to US$184.08.
When looking at Northern Africa, there was a double-digit growth in RevPAR and occupancy, increasing by 24.2% and 14.8% respectively. Dubai posted declines across all three metrics.
“Despite continuous strong supply growth for Dubai (6.8%), occupancy levels managed to stay above 85% for January 2015; however, there were dips. Demand increased by 3.7% and continued to grow,” said Elizabeth Winkle, managing director, STR Global.
Despite declines in occupancy by -2.5%, ADR by minus four percent and RevPAR by-6.4%, Dubai still retained one of the highest RevPAR actuals (US$242.85) in the Middle East.
Interestingly, three key markets that reported double-digit occupancy increases were Cairo with 65.5% to 54.8%, Beirut with 34.9% to 47.1% and Doha with 11.8% to 83.2%. Amman reported the largest occupancy decrease, falling 20.8% to 42.5%. Doha however had the highest increase in ADR with 11.4% to US$207.25. Beirut followed with a 9.6% increase in ADR to US$166.57.
On the decline was Lagos with -11.6% to US$215.02 in ADR among the key markets. This was followed by three key markets that had double-digit RevPAR decreases – Amman with -21.1% to US$69.35, Lagos with -14.7% to US$109.23 and Nairobi with -12.9% to US$59.03.