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November 2015: hotels in the Middle East take a downturn

In November, only three destinations in the region were able to post a positive change in their hospitality performances: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and, for the first time since the attacks in June, Tunisia. A depression appears to have settled in the other countries as far as the hotel industry is concerned.

Monthly results of hotel chains by country
November 2015

Hospitality results recorded in North Africa during the period vary significantly from one country to the next. While Morocco continued to follow a negative trend due to the 0.6% drop in its average daily rate and 4 point drop in its occupancy rate, Algeria ended the month with a strong drop in Revenue per available room (RevPAR) and its properties, by around 9.8%. In this context, Tunisian hoteliers were nonetheless able to make their indexes progress for the first time since the terrorist attacks in Sousse. The country's RevPAR thus posted 1.5% growth over November 2014, thanks in particular to the efforts made by authorities to boost tourism.

Egypt's hotel activity, meanwhile, experienced the consequences of the crash of the Metro Jet airplane in the Sinai desert at the beginning of November, which was caused by terrorists. As the flight was out of Sharm-El-Sheikh, the beach resort station experienced a drop in the RevPAR of its hotels by 51.5%. The impact of the event could also be felt in Urghada, where the RevPAR fell by 15.8%. Across the country, Egypt's hotel industry ended the month with a slight drop in its results despite 8.3% growth in its average daily rate.

Another victim of terrorism, Turkey is struggling to restart its hotel business. The country is ending the month with a record drop in its RevPAR by 7.6%, due to the 5% decrease in its ADR and 1.8 points drop in its occupancy rate. Istanbul's results are the primary cause of this negative trend.

In Jordan, the RevPAR fell by 6.1% this month due to an occupancy rate down by 2.2 points and ADR by 1.7%. This trend is stronger in Lebanon which saw a sharper drop in its RevPAR (-11.2%) wan occupancy rate down by 7.7 points that could not be compensated for by an average daily rate up by 3%.

On the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia was one of few countries to recorded an increase in its RevPAR (+4.8%). The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed "GFCC 2015 World" from November 1-3 in Makkah where the RevPAR increased by 28.5%. RevPARs are down in Qatar (-10.2%), UAE (-4.1%) and Oman (-10.8%) which experienced a decline in hospitality activities despite the organization of major events. "AGRITEQ 2015" was hosted in Doha, November 10-12, "MENOPE 2015", November 02-04 and "IPM" in Dubai, November 13-15, and the "Omani Innovation Exhibition" in Muscat, November 03-07.

Bahrain is on a positive trend this month, with a RevPAR up by 2.3%. The OR remains stable in Manama while its ADR rose by 2.2%. Kuwait, posted an ADR up by 2.1%, while the RevPAR fell by -0.9% due to the OR down by 1.9 pt.

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