Almost half of the city’s hotel rooms were booked in March
The port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia has continued to record high occupancy in hotels. According to data from STR, almost half of Jeddah’s available hotel rooms were booked in March.
Reaching 47.1% occupancy last month and SR318.72 RevPAR (revenue per available room) the recorded levels were the second-highest since February 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Higher levels were observed in January 2021. The average daily rate for hotel rooms in March remained in line with the levels recorded in the second half of 2020 at SR676.36.
Inevitably, the observed year-on-year percentage increases are substantial due to the comparison with the months most affected by the pandemic in 2020. Still, the figures remain a positive indicator for the recovery of the country’s hospitality sector.
In an effort to safely resume international travel, Saudi Arabia’s National carrier, Saudia recently announced that it will trial the IATA Travel Pass from 19 April. Though international flights had been suspended due to concerns over the emergence of a new COVID-19 strain, international travel to and from Saudi Arabia is expected to resume after Eid in May.