St. Petersburg, Russia Hotel Market Update - 2013 Results and 2014 Forecast from Jones Lang LaSalle
February 12, 2014 1:59am
St. Petersburg, 12 February, 2014 — Jones Lang LaSalle’ Hotels & Hospitality Group announces 2013 St. Petersburg hotel market results.
“2013 was a positive year for the hotels in Russia’s second city. We saw RevPAR increases of 15% and upwards in each category – from economy up to luxury. Following several difficult years for the city hotels it was a welcome boost and enables hoteliers and owners to feel positive heading into 2014 and beyond.” – David Jenkins, Head of Jones Lang LaSalle’ Hotels & Hospitality Group, Russia & CIS, commented.
2013 results in brief:
“There was an exceptional summer season for the city and an additional boost in September as the city hosted the G20 meeting. RevPAR in September was almost double than usual for many hotels – evidence that as a host city for major events, St. Petersburg has adequate quantity and quality of accommodation at each level.” – David Jenkins noted.
“The luxury segment grew RevPAR by 16%, coming mostly from a 14% increase in ADR and a minor 2% occupancy growth. With the Four Seasons hitting the market fully in 2014 it is likely to challenge overall occupancy in the segment but could help boost overall ADR.” – David Jenkins said. – “With occupancy of 52%, the segment sits 25% behind that of Moscow (65%), and 16% lower in ADR.”
St. Petersburg Luxury Segment Full Year 2013 (year on year)
Source: STR Global, Jones Lang LaSalle
The upper upscale segment managed to grow RevPAR at more or less the same pace as the luxury segment but this came for a 50/50 mix in occupancy and ADR growth. It demonstrates the gulf in achievable rate between the upper upscale and luxury segments – a difference of 50%. The gap between the two segments in Moscow is 30%.
St. Petersburg Upper Upscale Segment Full Year 2013 (year on year)
Closing at above 60% occupancy for the year, the upscale segment grew by 17.5% in terms of RevPAR over 2012 results – coming from a 13% growth in ADR and 4.5% in occupancy.
St. Petersburg Upscale Segment Full Year 2013 (year on year)
“There is only RUB 1,000 difference in ADR between this segment and the one above (upscale). Closing the year at occupancy of 67%, the only real further growth has to come in rate – but cannot really happen unless the segment above can also boost ADR, this is the challenge for this segment. Otherwise a RevPAR growth of 19% in 2013 was very impressive, coming half and half from rate and occupancy.” – David Jenkins said.
St. Petersburg Upper Midscale Segment Full Year 2013 (year on year)
A boost in ADR of 14% in this segment has raised the lower level of the branded hotel set to RUB 2,700. This led to a 3% increase in occupancy as surely certain guests were squeezed into lower segments. Still, as an overall growth in RevPAR of 17% it was another great performance.
St. Petersburg Midscale Segment Full Year 2013 (year on year)
David Jenkins commented: “We have seen over the years that a sudden boost to the supply (ie. when many new hotels open at once) can dramatically influence the market in terms of hotel performance. 2013 saw the opening of the Four Seasons hotel – the first one in Russia and it will be interesting to see the impact it will have on the luxury segment – can it drive up ADR and at whose expense? We also noted that the famous Grand Hotel Europe closed the restaurant wing that hosted both the Chinese and Italian restaurants and they are being fully renovated and will be re-launched in 2014 as a brand new concept.”
What to expect in 2014
Three branded hotels to open in 2014 in St. Petersburg:
“Both the Hampton and Park Inn are based outside the city and will operate in quite a specific market so we do not see too much of a negative influence on downtown hotels.” – David Jenkins said. – “One key change in the city centre will be the refurbishment of the Azimut Hotel – with new lobby and meeting facilities to be opened in May 2014. This, along with a number of new guest rooms that were already launched in 2013, will somewhat ‘awaken’ this sleeping giant and it should make some impact in the MICE segment as well as compete more effectively than before.”
“Without the G20 it is difficult to predict a significant increase in performance in 2014 over 2013 numbers, but we see positive signs in the market and would expect a further, but more moderate, growth in RevPAR across the segments.” – David Jenkins concluded.
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