Christie & Co’s annual business outlook for 2022 notes the hotel sector’s different developments in Germany, Austria, the Nordics and the CEE region. The key challenges were caused by the correlation and dependence of destinations with their source markets and the varying Covid-19 numbers.
In Germany and Austria, a very strong trend towards domestic tourism has emerged, particularly for hotels in holiday regions. Resort hotels in Germany and Austria have been doing notably well, benefiting from their proximity to the key source markets of Germany, Austria, but also to the Netherlands and Scandinavia. In the medium term, those hotels with a more international and long-haul customer base are expected to experience a longer recovery time.
In the Nordics, occupancy levels remained significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels, around 30% in capital cities. Ongoing international travel restrictions slowed the recovery of these capital markets, as they rely more heavily on international visitors. On the other hand, domestic demand significantly increased because of travel bans and is expected to remain strong, with provincial cities and resort destinations emerging as clear winners in 2021.
Looking at the year ahead, the report also outlines Christie & Co’s market predictions:
Lukas Hochedlinger, Managing Director Central & Northern Europe at Christie & Co comments, “Despite the continuous uncertainty we observe investor interest remaining strong, especially for well-located city hotels, large-scale properties and resort hotels. However, financing hotel transactions in 2022 might be challenging for less experienced players. Especially first-time buyers might face this issue.”
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