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APAC hotel investments increase 17% to USD10.1b as of August

Korea accounted for the largest share of US$2.8  billion in the first half of the year.

Confidence in Asia Pacific’s Hotels & Hospitality market  continues to grow as borders reopen, investment appetite increases, and operating performance  approaches pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest research from CBRE

The recovery is being largely driven by domestic travel demand, particularly in North Asia and Pacific markets, with overall tourist arrivals to Asia Pacific expected to reach pre-pandemic levels by 2024. While international arrivals to the region continue to rise, they remain well below pre-pandemic levels.  

Markets that were quicker loosening restrictions for vaccinated travellers (Australia, Singapore, India, Thailand) are seeing a much more pronounced return of tourists than those that retain stringent entry or  testing policies (Korea, Indonesia), or mandate quarantine periods upon entry (Japan, mainland China,  Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan). 

“As borders reopen, confidence is returning to the Asia Pacific hospitality sector, confirming that when people can travel, they will travel. The re-opening across the region has been fragmented, with  uncertainty around the opening of mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Japan borders somewhat  weighing on tourism sentiment in the region,” said Henry Chin, CBRE Global Head of Investor Thought  Leadership & Head of Research, Asia Pacific. 

Average Daily Rate (ADR), Occupancy and Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) is trending higher  in all Asia Pacific markets, with a regional recovery to pre-pandemic levels expected by 2024. With the supply pipeline remaining limited in most Asia Pacific markets, the risk of new hotels saturating  the market is low, putting less pressure on room rates and revenue. Operating expenses have increased significantly across all revenue streams, particularly for labour costs and utilities. 

Investment in Asia Pacific hotels rose to US$10.1 billion year-to-date as of August 2022—an increase of  17 percent year-over-year. Cross-border capital flows into Asia Pacific hotel assets have reached  US$932 million since the beginning of 2021, driven predominantly by institutional investors. Investment  was spread across a range of Asia Pacific markets, with Korea accounting for the largest share at US$2.8  billion in the first half of the year, followed by mainland China, Australia, Japan and Singapore.

“In an evolving economic climate, daily pricing structure and flexibility of rate changes means hotels  can provide an inflationary hedge. The loosening of border controls, rising tourist sentiment, and  investors’ strong capital reserves are underpinning increased appetite for operational real estate, with  well-located, high-quality hotel assets in key markets keenly sought after,” said Steve Carroll, Head of  Hotels & Hospitality, Capital Markets, Asia Pacific for CBRE.

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