Stefan Muff of Horwath HTL Australia has written the next in our series of Special Market Reports, focusing on Australia and Sydney’s market.
‘Australia’s hotel markets saw mixed results in 2015. Sydney and Melbourne continue to perform well while the resource heavy cities of Darwin, Brisbane and Perth all posted drops in RevPAR. In 2015 Sydney was the best performing hotel market in Australia, recording an occupancy of 85% and an ADR of A$212. After a number of years of almost no supply growth, new properties are finally entering the market. Robust economic growth coupled with rising domestic and international tourism numbers should see demand for rooms continue to grow, offsetting the supply increases. 2016 is set to be another strong year for Sydney’s hotel market, with RevPAR likely to grow 1.7% to A$184. Overall we forecast RevPAR to grow at a robust CAAG rate of 2.9% in the years to 2020.‘