Dubai saw 15-year hotel occupancy highs as it continued to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in 2022, say analysts from KPMG.
In its Dubai Hospitality report, KPMG revealed that the emirate registered the highest hotel occupancy rate in 15 years by the end of the Expo. Dubai’s tourism sector contributed $29.4bn to the economy in 2022.
Dubai Hospitality Growth
The Government’s robust Covid-19 response plan and the hospitality industry’s commitment to complying with government health and safety requirements elevated the UAE’s position as one of the safest countries in the world, with 90% of people expressing confidence in safety policies across hotels in Dubai.
This enhanced guest sentiment is reflected in hotel occupancies, with 92% of consumers keen to stay in a hotel in Dubai in 2022, representing a 37% increase from the previous year’s results.
Sidharth Mehta, Partner, and Head of Real Estate, KPMG Lower Gulf, said: “Dubai’s hospitality industry has witnessed remarkable growth in 2022 – driven by the Government’s forward-thinking vision to address the needs of all hospitality stakeholders.
“Furthermore, the UAE is investing around $32bn to acquire 48,000 more hotel rooms to bring it to a total of 200,000. These developments place the UAE in an enviable position to navigate travel and hospitality demands in 2023, equally driving economic growth by creating employment opportunities.”
Meanwhile, ADR grew significantly from AED550.87 to AED674.25, i.e. by 22%.
RevPAR increased from AED356.42 to AED 488.79, from YTD November 2021 to 2022.
Among the other notable trends in 2022 were digitalization and sustainability, with operators indicating that they were priority areas for them.
Many are also moving progressively away from plastic bottles, reducing carbon emissions, and promoting inclusion and diversity.
Meanwhile, contactless check-in, with customers receiving their keys in their mobile phones, and other emerging technologies are set to dominate the hospitality industry in 2023.
Originally published on www.arabianbusiness.com