As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the HVS Team has received many questions about when U.S. hotel transaction volume will return to reasonable, pre-pandemic levels. While we do not have a definite answer, as this circumstances are evolving daily, we have tried to use past events to provide some insight on the factors that would affect a possible rebound.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on travel, business activity, and individual movement are having an unprecedented impact on our industry and economy. Hotel owners, operators, lenders, and investors are all facing greater challenges than ever anticipated, as they grapple with plummeting occupancy, average rate (ADR), and RevPAR and seek solutions to mitigate the impact on EBITDA.
Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic ravages Europe and takes a particularly heavy toll in Spain, it is important to evaluate how the reliance of this country on international visitation might shape the recovery of its two main urban markets once the pandemic subsides.
In Focus: Singapore 2020 provides an overview of Singapore’s tourism landscape and hotel market performance, infrastructure development, revitalising and repurposing hotels, hotel transactions and investment in 2019, outlook and crisis management.
The strengthening of the Thai Baht and the ongoing US-China trade war have resulted in a decline in average rate growth and softer demand level in 2019. Furthermore, the extensive hotel supply growth in Bangkok has been the dominant topic for discussion. While a multitude of factors will impact the market performance in 2020, including the recent Coronavirus outbreak, it is evident that the 4,000 new hotel rooms scheduled set to open this year will put Bangkok’s hotel market under pressure.
Albeit often not the winter weather, the lower cost of living, numerous leisure and recreational attractions, and the presence of Fortune 500 companies drives the appeal of the Twin Cities. While 2018 was a record year for the metro hospitality market, 2019 was less profitable for many of the roughly 370 hotels in the hub of the nation’s friendliest state.
Orlando has long been distinguished as an iconic vacation destination by continuing its ranking as the No. 1 destination in the United States, according to Visit Florida. Since 2013, Orlando has reigned as the nation’s “Most Visited Tourist Destination.” With multiple factors driving Orlando’s appeal, hotel investors and developers are curious as to what is on the horizon for the hospitality market in Central Florida.
Kalispell and Whitefish act as gateways to Glacier National Park and have benefited from recent tourism growth and developments throughout the region. These two cities, as well as the national park, are the largest drivers of economic growth for Flathead County.