Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, posted Africa’s highest average daily rate (ADR), according to STR's data, which showed that from July 2018 through June 2019, the city registered an absolute ADR of US$163.79 when measured in constant currency, which removes the effects of inflation. That figure was a 1.1% increase year-over-year.
The next closest STR-defined markets in Africa were Accra Area, Ghana ($160.34) and Lagos Area, Nigeria ($132.51).
“Addis Ababa continues to maintain high ADR levels when compared internationally,” said Thomas Emanuel, a director for STR, in a statement.
He added: “The city has multiple demand drivers, such as a growing economy, successful airline and its status as the diplomatic capital for Africa. Air connections and ease of access compared with other cities also factor in the equation for strong demand, which provides hoteliers with the confidence to maintain rate levels."
Addis Ababa’s occupancy over the same 12-month time period was 58.4%, up 6.5% year over year. Cairo & Giza was the continent’s occupancy leader at 74.5%. Cape Town Centre, South Africa (65.0%), ranked second in the metric followed by Accra Area (59.7%).
“With healthy performance comes interest in investment. The market’s pipeline is strong with 22 hotels and 4,820 rooms in active development. We will continue to monitor these new openings to see how the market reacts once these additional rooms open," noted Emanuel. who will present the latest hotel performance and development insights on the Tuesday (24 September) of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), which is taking place on September23-25 at the Sheraton Addis.