Cape Town comes out on top — survey

Cape Town has retained the highest share of hotel development in South Africa. This is according to a regional focus from the annual hotel pipeline survey conducted by W Hospitality Group.

Cape Town has a quarter of the South African development pipeline with 1 063 rooms across six hotels planned. Durban has grown from last year and now holds 16% of the share with 697 rooms across five hotels in the pipeline.

The top five are as follows:

  1. Cape Town (25%)
  2. Durban (16%)
  3. Pretoria (11%)
  4. Johannesburg (10%)
  5. Umhlanga (7%)

In comparison with 2017, both Cape Town and Pretoria have seen slower development with the number of planned rooms down 22% and 28% respectively. However, the other cities in the top five have all seen growth. Durban saw a 40% increase, Johannesburg a 23% increase and Umhlanga a remarkable 113% increase.

Trevor Ward, W Hospitality Group’s Managing Director says: “Whilst Cape Town continues to offer great opportunities for hotel investment, it is exciting to see new hotel construction projects all over South Africa.”

The release of the report comes in time for the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) to be held in Cape Town on June 13. Speakers include executives from leading hotel brands, economists and hospitality industry experts. The AHIF takes place parallel to AviaDev, the aviation development conference, also taking place in Cape Town in June.

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