Global Hotel Performance in 2020 Breaks the Charts

Global resort efficiency in 2020 and for the early a part of 2021 has various as a lot as every area’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whereas no nation was spared the impacts of COVID-19, the impact on resort efficiency was roughly extreme relying on location, pandemic mitigation efforts and sources of demand.

This evaluation breaks down 5 issues to find out about international resort efficiency in the 12 months that broke the charts.


Momentary resort closures are certainly one of many COVID-19 requirements that had been nonexistent in the hospitality trade previous to 2020. Traditionally, accommodations are open, closed for renovation or completely closed. Nevertheless, in 2020, a mixture of extremely low demand and in some instances authorities mandate led accommodations to quickly shut their doorways to friends.

In Europe, resort closures began in late March, and by April solely 40% of resort rooms throughout the continent remained open. Accommodations reopened over the summer season as lockdowns ended, climate improved and a few small portion of leisure demand returned.

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As summer season waned, trip season ended and chilly climate started to power indoor gatherings, caseloads throughout the continent began to rise and a second wave of COVID-19 started. As nations instituted new lockdowns, resort closures once more rose all through Europe.

Europe was not the solely area the place short-term resort closures had an impression. China is again to focused lockdowns, Japan declared after which expanded a state of emergency, and Bogota and Medellín each instituted new stay-at-home orders whilst Colombia dominated out a second lockdown.


Central and South American resort restoration was restricted to nonexistent in 2020.

In South America, nevertheless, resort occupancy throughout the hotter months mirrored a need and willingness to journey that’s important to restoration.

Seashores throughout the continent are beginning to fill with friends prepared for a trip and time away from residence. This pattern just isn’t new: Florida in the U.S., Dorset and Somerset in the United Kingdom, and the Baltic Coast in Germany all loved excessive occupancies over the summer season months as holidaymakers adopted World Well being Group tips and flocked outside.

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Seaside locations Cartagena and Rio de Janeiro spotlight the phenomenon effectively, and occupancies have steadily climbed as the climate has warmed.

In comparison with inside markets Buenos Aires and São Paulo, the distinction is stark. These markets have evinced minor restoration however nonetheless hover round the 20% occupancy mark, whereas Cartagena and Rio battle for the honor of breaking 50% occupancy first.


Chinese language New Yr 2020 made the world sit up and take note of the novel coronavirus, and following a particularly strict lockdown, the nation recovered resort occupancy comparatively rapidly.

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In truth, China has carried out so effectively that utilizing precise resort occupancy as a restoration metric isn’t such an awesome concept. All these dips and dives from September by way of the finish of the 12 months replicate seasonality, starting with exaggerated occupancy swings throughout the Mid-Autumn Competition and Nationwide Day, and ending with the regular winter slowdown in November and December.

Sadly, a brand new COVID-19 spike in Hebei compelled lockdowns in certainly one of Beijing’s closest neighboring cities, and occupancy in each markets has consequently fallen over the first few weeks of the new 12 months. This has occurred earlier than — with a dip in July 2020 — so doubtlessly one other strict lockdown will assist resort efficiency bounce again comparatively rapidly.


It’s not simply China with robust resort efficiency proper now. Australia additionally has excessive occupancy in comparison with many nations round the world. Nevertheless, in year-over-year comparisons, occupancy is down by quite a bit. December occupancy in Australia was down 18.3 share factors from 2019.

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This might actually be worse, however December is Australian summer season, with commensurate faculty breaks and heat climate. Following intense lockdowns, COVID-19 caseloads are manageable and home journey is allowed to some extent; nevertheless, Australia continues to be inaccessible for many of the world.

In response to knowledge from Oxford Economics, virtually 47% of nights spent in all lodging sorts in Australia had been by worldwide guests. Examine this to China, the place worldwide vacationers accounted for under 12% of in a single day stays. Australia — at in least the bigger capital markets — is reliant on worldwide demand, and that’s clear at the nationwide stage.

This dichotomy highlights a few of the challenges the hospitality trade will face this 12 months. Restoration tales are starting to diverge throughout nations, and how we take into consideration, have a look at, and study the knowledge might want to shift but once more.

Evaluating absolute occupancies at accommodations throughout varied areas could now not be the greatest option to monitor restoration, however year-over-year comparisons are going to look uncommon in one other month or two. Sadly, there isn’t any one proper reply for the way to have a look at knowledge.


Like short-term closures, quarantine demand is a brand new, COVID-19-related time period. In some markets like Abu Dhabi, all incoming guests are required to quarantine in a resort for 2 weeks upon their arrival, and it’s this quarantine demand that has lifted occupancy in the market into the 60% vary.

Abu Dhabi accommodations depend on enterprise journey to drive demand in regular occasions, and previous to the pandemic, weekday occupancy hovered 3 to five share factors above weekend occupancy. This pattern continued all through 2020, with weekday demand 2 share factors increased than weekend demand, nevertheless it’s the market’s strict quarantine legal guidelines which might be serving to resort occupancy and lowering that weekday-weekend hole.

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For the previous three months, occupancy has hovered round 60% in giant half as a consequence of the quarantine demand generated by enterprise journey, and the pattern seems set to proceed by way of 2021.

Abu Dhabi just isn’t the solely market helped alongside by this distinctive supply of demand: Australia and Canada each have comparable insurance policies.

Letizia Rossi-Espagnet and Kelsey Fenerty are analysis analysts at STR.

This text represents an interpretation of knowledge collected by CoStar’s hospitality analytics agency STR.