Hobart hotel market records strong occupancy levels and rate growth

Hobart hotel market records strong occupancy levels and rate growth
Hobart hotel market records strong occupancy levels and rate growth

The Hobart accommodation market is anticipated to continue to be a strong performing market, although new supply additions under construction may pose some challenges in the year’s ahead, according to Colliers International’s latest report.

The most recent major transaction was the sale of the Sebel Launceston in January 2015 for $9,855,000.

The latest figures for the 2015-16 financial year highlight that the number of visitors (up 2%), spending (just over $2.05 billion up 9%) and length of stay of visitors to Tasmania have all increased.

“International visitation in particular is growing despite there being no direct international flights to Hobart. Coming off a low base, the latest figures from the International Visitor Survey showed a record 224,000 international visitors coming to Tasmania last financial year (up 13%) particularly from Asian markets, the USA and Europe,” the report stated.

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Hobart hotel market records strong occupancy levels and rate growth

The Hobart hotel market is performing strongly with STR figures showing 80.2% occupancy for the year to date to August 2016 (up 3.5%), average room rates of $164.75 (up 3.3%) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) up by almost 7% at $132.06.

Hobart Airport catered for around 2.3 million passengers in 2015-16, representing growth of 5.8% over the past year.

The 2015 masterplan for Hobart Airport outlines the short, medium and longer term plans for the airport site and provides an interesting insight into the future travel expectations and traffic into Hobart Airport.

Hobart Airport has achieved annual average growth of 2.6% over the past five years, even with the withdrawal of Tiger services in 2012. Looking forward, the expectation of increased passenger movement is significant. It is projected that some 4.5 million passengers will travel through Hobart Airport by financial year 2035, as compared to 2.18 million in financial year 2014.

The current runway length at Hobart Airport of 2,251 metres can cater to direct flights from mainland destinations as far as Darwin, Cairns and Perth along with locations within New Zealand but it is not adequate for larger aircraft such as Boeing 787 and 777 capable of flying from South Asia destinations.

However, a runway extension at Hobart airport is to be undertaken which will increase the length of the runway by 500 metres. A further proposal exists to redevelop the passenger terminal. These works are scheduled for completion in 2017.

"We highlight that we are aware of the following three significant hotels currently under construction including the Federal Hotels 114-room hotel in Sullivans Cove, The Fragrance Hotel development on Macquarie Street with 296 rooms, and the Crowne Plaza on Liverpool Street with 187 rooms," the report said.

"In addition to these projects that are under construction we are aware of a further six hotels in the pipeline.

"If all projects proceed the total number of rooms is estimated to increase by 48% by 2020.

"We also note the recent announcement by Singapore’s Fragrance Group that has lodged plans for two new hotels. If the applications are approved this would add a further 895 rooms to the market."

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Hobart hotel market records strong occupancy levels and rate growth

For the most recent hotel transaction in Tasmania of note, the Sebel Launceston, was purchased by local Tasmanian family, the Richman family, however the agents reportedly fielded seven offers from Singapore, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

Colliers International is marketing a hotel in Launceston at present.

The three new hotels that are under construction in Hobart, of the size and quality proposed will provide significant new competition for the Hobart market.

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