The most populated city in the Ruhr has long welcomed different hotel brands, particularly economy and midscale brands that are drawn by business tourism and the destination's intense cultural and athletic calendar. Some brand changes happened there recently, but these did not have a significant impact on the volume of the hotel supply.
The chain hotel supply in Dortmund currently includes 2,269 rooms, about half of which are positioned on the midscale segment, which is an indication of the importance of business tourism in the Ruhrgebiet. With a similar number of addresses, but generally smaller capacity, economy properties represent 36.4% of the city's hotel supply (825 rooms), while the upscale segment is down, with just 356 rooms and 15.7% of the supply's capacity.
Strategically located near the Signal Iduna Park and the Convention Center, the former Pullman Dortmund hotel completed its change of banner. The 219-room property has been operational since September 1, 2015 under the name Arcadia Grand Hotel Dortmund. Moreover, twenty or so rooms should be renovated after this operation.
The Novum group, meanwhile added a second address to its portfolio at the destination with the opening of the Novum Hotel Excelsior Dortmund, a 53-room address near the city center and the central station. The hotel is near the brand's other property: Novum Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof. Finally, west of the city, the Hotel Ashok (35 rooms) began renovation in 2015 - since then it has partially reopened.
The limited change in the supply has made it possible for Dortmund's hoteliers to post good growth in their occupancy rates in 2015 (+2.3 points), leaving the city below regional and national averages, nonetheless. Thanks to a slight increase in average daily rate, the city's properties saw their Revenue per available room (RevPAR) increase significantly, with a rebound by +4.7% over 2014, even if in terms of absolute value the RevPAR remains lower than the federal average.
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