New Delhi, Aug 9 (Bureau) The Indian hospitality sector has witnessed strong growth in Q2 (April – June) 2022, primarily driven by demand for weddings and events as well as stellar recovery of corporate travel. The country was amidst the second wave of the pandemic in Q2 2021, which had a significant impact on the performance of the hospitality sector. As a result, Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) witnessed an exponential growth of 339.3 % year-on-year (YoY) in Q2, 2022 over Q2 2021. Furthermore, the sector witnessed a stellar 44.6% growth at a pan-India level in RevPAR compared to Q1 2022 wherein the sector was still emerging from the third wave of the pandemic, according to JLL’s Hotel Momentum India (HMI) Q2, 2022.
The demand across the sector soared during Q2 2022 primarily driven by weddings and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), and Business travel. Furthermore, corporate MICE demand also witnessed a recovery in the form of corporate off-sites, team meetings, training, and so on. Domestic leisure continued to be an important segment during this period driven by the pent-up demand of travelers who had not experienced a summer vacation for the past two years. The next two quarters are expected to remain busy on the back of domestic leisure amidst long weekends and festivals. Business travel will continue to grow and will remain the main demand driver for the sector. The total number of hotel signings in Q2 2022 stood at 47 hotels with 4,010 keys. The hotel signings witnessed a significant increase of 90.9% as compared to signings in Q2 2021. Domestic operators dominated signings over international operators with a ratio of 52:48 in terms of inventory volume.
All six key markets witnessed exponential growth in RevPAR levels in Q2 2022 as compared to Q2 2021, due to the low base witnessed last year during the second wave of the pandemic coupled with the stellar performance of the sector this year. Bengaluru emerged as the RevPAR growth leader in Q2 2022 registering a growth of 660.1% over Q2 2021, followed by Goa and Hyderabad with y-o-y growth of 564.5% and 326% respectively. “With exponential growth across all performance indicators in business and leisure destinations, Q2 2022 marks the revival of investor interest and stakeholder profitability in the hotel industry. We expect this momentum to continue over the next few quarters on the back of long weekends, festivals, weddings, events, and business travel evenly contributing to this growth story,” said Jaideep Dang, Managing Director, Hotels and Hospitality Group, South Asia, JLL.