26 / 12 / 2023

Hotels Experience a Stellar Start to the Festive Season: A Comprehensive Review

Hotels Experience a Stellar Start to the Festive Season: A Comprehensive Review

As the festive season unfolded, the hotel industry witnessed a stellar performance in October 2023, aligning seamlessly with expectations. According to insights from HVS Anarock, the month exhibited a remarkable RevPAR (Revenue per Available Room) of INR 4,852. This figure marked an impressive 27% surge compared to October 2022. The Average Room Rates (ARRs) demonstrated a robust year-on-year growth of 15-17%, while occupancies experienced a noteworthy uptick of 600 basis points, settling at 62-64%.

Cricket World Cup Boost and Future Projections

The surge in demand was notably propelled by the Men's Cricket One Day International (ODI) World Cup, especially in cities hosting the matches. ARRs in these cities saw substantial growth, ranging between 15-33% year-on-year. Looking ahead into the remaining fiscal year (November 2023 to March 2024), the focus shifts to key demand drivers such as the wedding season, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), and the anticipated recovery of international tourist arrivals to pre-Covid levels.

Sustainability of Demand and Room Rates Strategy

While the cricket extravaganza provided a significant boost, sustaining this momentum remains a key consideration. Forward-looking indicators, including channel checks on hotel room rates for the upcoming months (November 2023 to January 2024), reveal that quoted rates are positioned at least 10% higher than the previous year. This strategic pricing approach underscores the industry's commitment to capitalizing on the heightened demand.

RevPAR Growth and Industry Overview

Looking at the broader industry perspective, the expected year-on-year RevPAR growth for the remainder of FY24E is estimated to fall within the range of 15-20%. The India Hospitality Industry Overview 2022 by HVS Anarock paints a positive trajectory. Industry-level occupancies, which rebounded to 60% in CY22, are projected to reach 66% in CY23, 68% in CY24, and 70% in CY25. Concurrently, Average Room Rates are expected to climb from INR 6,100 in CY22 to INR 7,983 in CY25, indicating a robust 15.8% CAGR in industry RevPAR over CY22-25.

Brand Signings Trends and Management Contracts

The momentum in the hotel sector is further highlighted by brand signings, witnessing a substantial 33% year-on-year increase in CY22. A total of 166 new hotels with 14,885 rooms were signed, accompanied by the rebranding of 90 hotels with 5,702 rooms. Management contracts continue to dominate the signing landscape, constituting around 80% of the total signings by keys in CY22. Notably, the trend of hotel rebranding or conversion witnessed a rise from 20% in CY21 to 27.7% in CY22, signaling evolving preferences in the industry.

Conclusion: A Positive Trajectory and Evolving Dynamics

In conclusion, the hotel industry's stellar performance in October 2023 sets an optimistic tone for the upcoming months. With a strategic focus on sustaining demand through various drivers and a positive industry outlook, hotels are poised for robust growth. The evolving dynamics, including brand signings trends and management contracts, underscore the adaptability and resilience of the sector.

As the industry navigates through the dynamic landscape, staying attuned to consumer preferences and strategically managing room rates will be pivotal. The concerted efforts to enhance the overall guest experience, coupled with the positive industry projections, position the hotel sector on a path of continued success in the evolving hospitality landscape.

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