By Rahul Odedra
Hotels in Gulf kingdom are boosted by renewed investment in infrastructure by government
Revenue per available room (RevPAR) at hotels in Bahrain increased by more than 20 percent year-on-year in October, boosted renewed investment in infrastructure by the government, according to the latest HotStats survey and analysis by TRI Consulting.
Average room rates increased by 11.2 percent to $213.13 in October, with occupancy growing by 4.5 percentage points to 55.9 percent.
Meanwhile, room RevPAR was up 20.9 percent to $119.22 for the period and, with other revenues including food and beverage up 13.3 percent, total RevPAR increased by 17 percent to $194.24.
This total RevPAR was the highest level in the past two years and also resulted in strong growth in gross operating profit per available room by 31 percent to $79.55.
"The recommencement of key infrastructure and mixed-use development projects by the Bahraini government has resulted in a surge of corporate travellers to Manama, which at present is the key driver of hotel demand in the city,” said TRI Consulting managing director Peter Goddard.
“However, the market witnessed a marginal decline in conferencing demand as a result of increased promotional efforts by Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi to attract regional and international events.
“A growing level of confidence in the Bahraini market has resulted in a higher proportion of leisure visitors from neighbouring GCC countries, which is assisting in the overall growth in performance levels.”
The figures are based on the HotStats database and reflect the portfolios and distribution of the hotel chains surveyed, primarily within the four and five-star sectors.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.