STR analysts note that supply has grown 6.0% year over year for two consecutive months in Dar es Salaam. Prior to that jump, supply had remained nearly flat since early 2016. Despite the overall drop in occupancy, the market saw five nights with occupancy above 70%, thanks in part to the 21st AutoExpo (13-15 November). According to the HVS Hotel Valuation Index, demand has been sluggish in the market due to a cut in government conferences and increased taxes. Additionally, direct flights to Zanzibar from neighboring countries may also be a factor for a decline in overnight leisure demand in Dar Es Salaam.
STR analysts point to a 23.0% November increase in demand (room nights sold) and a 22.6% increase in demand through the first 11 months of the year as further evidence of tourism recovery in the market. At the same time, a lack of supply growth has helped in hoteliers’ pricing confidence.
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