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Berlin: the gate is open for hotel chains

The national RevPAR increase is around 2.1%, Berlin performs moderately compared to other German cities. However, with an occupancy rate at 77%, the capital city is among the leaders for this indicator.

In 2018, Berlin will see its business park expand in the 2nd district with nearly 18,000 new offices, notably for Mercedes and Zalando. A new 84,000 m² shopping centre should also be constructed, as well as 60,000 m² of hotels. On the cultural side, the new City Palace in downtown Berlin is expected to host non-European collections as well as a library and part of the University of Humbolt by 2019.

Berlin is also a major transport hub. In 2017, the number of arrivals at Schönefeld airport increased by 2.85% to 31.2 million, thanks in particular to international arrivals which increased by 4% (to 23 million passengers). The city also enforces (since May 1, 2016) a law prohibiting the rental of an entire apartment by the night, as well as an obligation to register the rental with the town hall, considerably limiting the supply of  collaborative lodging (e.g. AirBnB) in the capital.

Berlin has 41,745 chain rooms as of January 1, 2018 and saw its chain supply grow by 3.8% in 2017, representing a net gain of 1,533 rooms. The chain supply in the capital is therefore increasing again, after a decline in 2015 and 2016, which followed strong development during the past decade: the number of chain rooms available in Berlin has almost doubled in 10 years.

The economy segment experienced strong growth in 2017 with the opening of several new units. For example, Motel One, already a leader in this segment, added 582 rooms to its portfolio throughout the year.

Berlin's RevPAR grew by +2.2% in 2017, after +3.5% in 2016. This increase was entirely driven by the rise in ADR (+2.2%), whereas occupancy remained stable.

Find all our analyses and details of performances and supply for every segment of the German lodging industry in the European Hospitality Report, available on our store.

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