Middle East hotel room revenues recovering faster than other regions

Recovery rates are closely linked to the levels of pandemic restrictions in place

According to data analysts Smith Travel Research (STR), in 2021 the Middle East hotel sector recorded the highest revenue per available room (RevPAR) rate, at 85.6% of the pre-pandemic comparable figure, when compared to other regions.

Commenting on the findings, STR managing director Robin Rossmann said: “Year-end data displays the significant variance in recovery by region, stemming from different levels of pandemic restrictions around the world.”

“The Middle East has been a leader in both opening to international arrivals as well as hosting large events, such as Expo 2020 Dubai, which has driven hotel performance in Dubai. On the other side of the spectrum, there are areas, such as Europe, where recovery has stalled due to the reimplementation of Covid restrictions. As we get further into 2022 and subsequent lockdowns phase out, we expect recovery to resume.” 


For 2021, the Middle East recorded an overall occupancy of 57%, an average daily rate (ADR) of US$141 and RevPAR of US$80.

North America also performed well in terms of occupancy at 57% but recorded an ADR of US$124 and a RevPAR of US$70.

Europe’s occupancy figures took a hit at 43% with ADR at US$126 and RevPAR at US$54.

Finally, Asia’s figures also lagged with an occupancy of 49%, an ADR of US$73 and a mere US$36 of RevPAR.

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