According to JLL observations, the quality hotel market of the Ukrainian capital displays persistence on continuing on the path to recovery. “Hoteliers are hopeful, the occupancy has almost climbed back up to the normal for Kiev levels (46% YTD, 7.6 ppt higher than the previous year so far). The international, MICE and cultural events are starting to fill up the city again, bringing in big groups and guests to the hotels, and tourists seem to return to this undoubtedly interesting cultural and historic leisure destination.” – Tatiana Veller, Head of JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, Russia & CIS, says.
The USD rates in quality hotels in Kiev have been relatively stable (so far having only lost 2.5% off the ADR since the beginning of the year), and in January – September having reached $148. JLL experts suspect that this is more an artificial loss, due to the local currency fluctuations, rather than a real drop in rates. Hryvnia-denominated rates are slowing growth, but still show a positive trend – 1.2% gain YTD, to roughly 3,900 UAH. Trying to book a room on the touristic portals like Booking.com shows that the intentions of the hotel managers are set on keeping the prices high, especially now, when the demand started to recover.
“This year is also the first time in three years that we should witness any internationally-branded hotel openings in the Ukrainian capital, and this shows that the investors trust that the bottom of the economic cycle has been reached, the stability settled in, and that it only looks up from here. We have seen Park Inn Troitskaya, first Park Inn in Ukraine enter the market in Q3; in early Q4, the first Mercure started receiving guests (rebranding of a former Cosmopolite hotel), and there is also a first in the country Aloft announced for opening before the New Year comes. If all announced hotels open doors, this will increase the branded hotel rooms offering in the Ukrainian capital by 664 rooms of which 352 already started receiving first guests.” – Tatiana Veller adds.