Turkey, Gulf states see RevPAR boost

Turkey and the Persian Gulf states saw a boost in RevPAR in September, according to a Middle East and North Africa hotel market report by MKG Hospitality.

Along the Arab coast of the Persian Gulf every country except Saudi Arabia and Bahrain saw a yearly increase in RevPAR for September, including a 10.3% boost in Kuwait, 19.7% in Qatar, 20.1% in the United Arab Emirates and 46% in Oman. Oman’s increase was boosted by a 15% year-on-year hike in ADR coupled with an easing of entry visa requirements for 60 countries.

Turkey also saw a 25.6% year-on-year uptick in RevPAR for September, bolstered by increased ADR.

“Most markets either return to positive growth or at least slow down the decline, as tourism kicks back into gear following the slow period during Ramadan. The peak of summer ends, which means business segments and MICE return to normal, while leisure tourism, intra-regional and international, favor this period,” said Vanguelis Panayotis, director of development at MKG Hospitality.

Hotel markets affected by the Arab Spring political upheaval, including Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and Bahrain continued to see year-on-year RevPAR declines in September, according to the report.