Room for Growth

This report provides a comparison of hotel room supply and demand generators for 10 key Asian cities across 6 Countries.
Akash Datta The Indian hotels sector was poised to grow to greater heights driven by increasing demand in the pre-COVID era and the current crisis is just a speed-breaker in its path. As a famous adage goes, “in every crisis lies an opportunity”, this calamity can also be turned into an opportunity for the sector as this is perhaps an opportune time to invest in hotels. 

As per our India Hotels Outlook Report, August 2020, occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) will reach pre-COVID levels by 2022 & 2023, respectively. We anticipate that the shift in cost structures due to COVID will continue to remain, which combined with the return in performance in 2023 will result in better yields for hotels.

India is one of the fastest growing travel & tourism (T&T) economies in the world thanks to its diverse landscape, rich heritage, and cultural diversity, which attracts tourists from across the country and the world. However, we have still not tapped into the full potential of tourism in the country, mainly due to the lack of good quality hotel infrastructure. Even our major cities still lack the critical tourism infrastructure needed to boost hotel demand.

India cumulatively has less organized hotel rooms (excluding aggregators) compared to its peers in Asia, especially when viewed under the lens of the country’s population and its demographic profile. For instance, China, its closest comparison in total population has nearly nine times more organized hotel supply. There is significant demand-supply gap even in our key cities such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru, which still have the lowest proportion of branded hotel rooms among the major Asian hotel markets.

In this report, we have analyzed the hotel room supply in the three main cities in India – Delhi NCR*, Mumbai and Bengaluru – with other key Asian cities, comparing hotel density based on population, air traffic and Grade A office stock – the three main factors driving hotel room demand in any country.

Our analysis shows that there is still room to build hotels in India, but careful planning is needed to develop the right type of property in the right market as hotel development capital costs and gestation periods are high compared to other real estate assets.
*Delhi NCR in this report refers to Delhi and Gurugram only

About Akash Datta

Akash Datta, HVS Senior Vice President - Consulting and Valuation, leads consulting engagements, encompassing market studies, feasibility studies, strategic planning, valuation, and forecasting. Akash has spent nearly 13 years in the hospitality industry having successfully worked with International Hotel and Consulting firms such as Hilton, JLL and HVS in South Asia and the Middle East. In 2005, Akash started his Consulting career with HVS as an analyst following which he undertook his MBA in International Hospitality Management with concentration in Real Estate Finance from IMHI ESSEC in Paris, France. Known for his industry insights, Akash works with leading companies, private clients, industry groups, and global networks. Contact Akash at +91 989 9517 404 or [email protected].

About Dipti Mohan

Dipti Mohan, Associate Vice President - Research with HVS South Asia, is a seasoned knowledge professional with extensive experience in research-based content creation. She has authored several ‘point of view’ documents such as thought leadership reports, expert opinion articles, white papers, and research reports across industries including hospitality, real estate, infrastructure, cement, and construction. Contact Dipti at [email protected]


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