Hospitality market: Jeddah ‘boasts strong resilience’

Updated 09 February 2016
0

Hospitality market: Jeddah ‘boasts strong resilience’

JEDDAH: Jeddah’s hospitality market is expected to witness the entry of more than 5,333 hotel keys between 2016 and 2018, primarily represented by 5- and 4-star properties, each accounting for 51 percent and 31 percent of total forthcoming supply, respectively.

These predictions are made in a report released by Colliers International, a leader in real estate services industry.
It said that the fourth quarter of 2015 witnessed the opening of three internationally branded serviced apartments, all of which are operated by The Ascott Ltd., namely the Ascott Tahlia (125 keys), the Ascott Sari (52 keys), and the Citadines Al-Salamah (136 keys).
Jeddah has seen a large delay in hotel openings during 2015, with close to 30 percent of forthcoming supply being delayed for one year, and 25 percent being delayed for two. This trend in delays is expected to continue over the next 5 years.
Jeddah’s hospitality market witnessed growth in average rates between 2013 and 2014 as a result of the supply remaining fairly stable. However, 2015 witnessed a slight decline in average rates and occupancy as a result of the return of tourism flows to the Egyptian destinations combined with new hospitality supply in Jeddah (including serviced apartments).
Jeddah boasts strong resilience to seasonality fluctuations due to the diverse market segments it caters to. This relative stability supports a stable and healthy occupancy performance throughout the year, according to the report.
New hotels in Riyadh that can differentiate themselves through more innovative and exciting design or services concepts are expected to see better occupancy performance versus competing hotels, said Colliers International.
As the decline of the oil price continues, corporate demand in the overall market in Riyadh is expected to see continued slow growth in the short term. As a result, hoteliers are expected to continue targeting the domestic family market by providing new differentiated products catering to their needs and preferences, states the Colliers report titled “Quarterly Report — Saudi Arabia | Hotels Q4 2015.
Branded hotel supply in Riyadh is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 28 percent, with 4-and 5-star room stock accounting for 50 percent and 46 percent of supply, respectively. While this forecasted growth rate appears considerably high, it is likely to be affected by further delays, Colliers said.
Corporate demand growth slowed in the second half of 2015. This trend is expected to continue through to 2016 due to slowing economic activity countrywide, said the report.
Older hotels in the market will potentially face difficulties in maintaining their historically high rates as new, more modern properties enter the market, it added.
Branded hotel supply within Alkhobar, Dammam and Dhahran is expected to grow at an annual rate of 16 percent between 2016 and 2018. Furthermore, hotel development is concentrated within the 4- and 5-star segments, each accounting for 45 percent and 37 percent of total forthcoming supply.
Delays in project delivery are still expected, following the trend during 2015 where 36 percent of forthcoming supply had been delayed for one year, and 38 percent had been delayed from previous years.
Hotel markets in AlKhobar and Dammam cater to both corporate and leisure demand, and have seen favorable performance between 2013 and 2014. However, 2015 witnessed a stronger decline in average rates, attributed to the lower corporate demand from oil companies in AlKhobar, as well the decline in the euro which encouraged Saudi leisure tourists to travel abroad, stated the report.
As a result of declining oil prices, demand for accommodation from the corporate segment  which is the market s primary demand source  has shifted from 5- to 4-star properties, in effort to reduce costs, forcing 5-star establishment to reduce their prices to remain competitive within the market.
If oil prices continue to decline, it is expected that demand for hospitality accommodation will shift toward establishments with more affordable room rates.
The report also said that Makkah is expected to reach 25,519 branded hotel keys by 2018 despite delays in hotel openings seen in the past. The expected supply in 2018 is more than double that seen in 2015. Of the total forthcoming hotel supply until 2020, Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide represent 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively.


Cost of eating out in Saudi Arabia rises at fastest rate in five years

Updated 22 min 7 sec ago
0

Cost of eating out in Saudi Arabia rises at fastest rate in five years

  • August data reveal sharp uptick in prices in hotel and restaurant sector
  • But price increases in other sectors slow leaving overall inflation rate flat

LONDON: The cost of eating out or enjoying a night’s stay at a hotel in Saudi Arabia increased at the fastest rate recorded in five years last month, according to government statistics.
August’s consumer price data show that restaurant and hotel inflation rose to a new high of 8.4 percent year-on-year in August from 7.6 percent year-on-year in July.
Slower price increases in other categories ensured the headline inflation rate for the Kingdom remained relatively flat, with inflation staying at 2.2 percent year-on-year in August, unchanged from the previous month.
Analysts forecast that the Kingdom’s inflation rate will likely pick up again towards the end of the year.
“We still expect it to rise a little over the rest of this year as underlying price pressures pick up,” said Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, on Tuesday in a research note.
Inflation in Saudi Arabia peaked earlier this year at 3 percent following the introduction of the new value-added tax on certain goods and the government-imposed price hikes on the cost of energy at the start of 2018.
Consumer prices are expected to drop again in the new year as the impact of the VAT charge lessens, analysts predict.
“The upshot is that we expect that inflation will fall to around 1 percent year-on-year in January 2019,” said Tuvey in a note.
Food inflation - which represents 20 percent of the basket of goods and services used to calculate the growth rates in consumer prices - edged downwards in August to 6.6 percent year-on-year compared to 6.7 percent in July. 

The cost of food had jumped in July, with vegetables in particular becoming more expensive with inflation hitting 8.1 percent year-on-year compared to a decline of 0.8 percent year-on-year recorded in June.