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May 2018: The French hotel industry absorbs the strikes

The month of May 2018 was strewn with strikes, but the impact on the provinces seems weak. The monthly RevPAR is up in all regions.

Consult the HON analyses:

With green indicators for March (+6.8% at RevPAR) and April (+7.1%), May recorded a RevPAR of +4.2%, an average increase due to a stagnant occupancy rate (+0.2pt) while the average price rose (+3.9%).

After suffering from strikes, the economy segment recorded the weakest recovery in RevPAR growth, with a 3.8% increase compared to May 2017, mainly driven by increases in average daily rates (+2.0%).

The higher segments posted significant growth in RevPAR.

Once again, the budget segment relied on price increases (+4.4%) to achieve its RevPAR's performance, while occupancy rates remained very low (+0.5 points), as the complexity of transport had a greater impact on low-budget customers. The midscale segment outperformed with 4.8% higher RevPAR and an occupancy rate up (+1.1 point), and the upscale segment remained relatively unaffected by strikes (+3.8% RevPAR, OR+0.9 point and ADR +2.4%).

Not all territories were subject to equal impact in the current economic climate. The region around Lyon saw its RevPAR jump 12.1%, thanks in particular to major congresses such as that of the Société Française de Pédiatrie, which welcomed over 3,000 participants and is held every 4 years. Prices were up by 9.3% and the occupancy rate rose by 1.7 points.

Generally speaking, French cities presenting a supply mainly oriented towards business tourism (Lyon, Nantes, Montpellier...) are performing better than average this month.

Strasbourg on the other hand suffered in May with an occupancy rate down by -5.7 points, leading to RevPAR down by  -7.8%.

The Paris region recorded better results this month than the provinces, although the latter has no negative indicators (contrary to April). In Ile de France, this is the best performing economy segment, with a 7.0% increase in RevPAR.

The upscale category outside Paris absorbed the difficulties of the previous month by recording a 4% increase in its RevPAR, thanks to the increase in its average daily rates. The occupancy rate remains almost unchanged for all segments.

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