The hotel industry in the Middle East Africa
region suffered declines in all three key measurements in
year-on-year results when reported in U.S. dollars for June 2009.
According to data compiled by STR Global,
the region’s occupancy dropped 11.7% to 59.6%, the ADR decreased
2.8% to US$138.23, and RevPAR decreased 14.2% to US$82.38.
“The Middle East / Africa region experienced a
14.2%RevPAR drop in June, the lowest decrease of all
regions, followed by the Americas,
Asia Pacific and then Europe”,
said James Chappell, managing director of STR Global. “Different
pictures emerge when looking at the individual markets. Amman,
Beirut and Cape Town reported double-digit RevPAR increases for
June in local currency, which were mainly driven by rate
increases. South Africa has started to benefit from the
Confederation Cup and the build up for the FIFA World Cup next
Highlights from Key Markets in the Middle
East / Africa Region (percentages are June 2009 vs. June
• Cape Town, South Africa, reported
the largest occupancy increase, up 3.3% to 51.1%,
followed by Beirut, Lebanon, with a 2%
increase to 55.7%.
• Muscat, Oman, dropped 31.3% in occupancy
to 40.4%, posting the largest decrease in that metric. Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia, also reported a decrease of more than 20%, falling
20.3% to 63.5%.
• Four markets experienced double-digit ADR
increases: Beirut (+28.3% to US$210.24); Johannesburg/Pretoria,
South Africa (+18% to US$120.57); Amman, Jordan (+17.6% to
US$149.72); and Cape Town (+10.6% to US$111.61).
Turkey, reported the largest ADR decrease, down 24.3% to
US$211.30, followed by Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a
22.4% decrease to US$166.13.
• Beirut posted the largest
RevPAR increase, jumping 30.9% to US$117.20. Amman (+15.6% to
US$96.96) and Cape Town (+14.2% to US$57.08) also reported
double-digit RevPAR increases.
• Three markets experienced
RevPAR declines of more than 25%: Dubai (-33.9% to US$107.24);
Istanbul (-33.1% to US$145.83); and Muscat (-26.4% to US$77.36).
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