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Bali’s hotel occupancy soars by 0.7% in Q4, 2023

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In a year that has seen its fair share of ups and downs, Bali’s hotel sector emerged as a beacon of resilience and growth. According to a recent report by Colliers, the island witnessed a notable increase in hotel occupancy levels by 0.7% in Q4 2023, culminating in an impressive 26% rise throughout the entirety of 2023. This surge in occupancy rates signals a robust recovery for Bali’s tourism and hospitality industry, particularly in the Ubud and Kuta-Legian regions, which have led the charge in this upward trend.

2023 was a remarkable year for Bali’s hospitality industry

The rise in occupancy levels is a testament to Bali’s enduring appeal as a premier tourist destination, attracting both local and international visitors. Colliers remain optimistic about the future, forecasting that Bali’s hotels will continue to enjoy positive performance into the new year. This optimism is further bolstered by the observation that the ongoing Presidential Elections campaigns have not impacted Bali’s tourism sector, suggesting a stable environment conducive to growth. With an increase in tourist arrivals expected from the first quarter of 2024, the island’s hotel industry is poised for continued success.

Ubud and Kuta-Legian lead the way in occupancy rates

The regions of Ubud and Kuta-Legian have particularly benefited from the surge in occupancy rates, underscoring their popularity among tourists seeking Bali’s unique blend of cultural richness and beachside leisure. This trend highlights the diverse appeal of Bali’s destinations, catering to a wide range of preferences from the serene landscapes of Ubud to the vibrant nightlife of Kuta-Legian.

Implications for property investors and the Canggu market

For property investors and current property owners in Bali, the rise in hotel occupancy levels presents a lucrative opportunity. The increased demand for accommodations in Ubud and Kuta-Legian suggests a promising outlook for investments in these areas. However, the situation in Canggu presents a different scenario. Despite the overall positive trend in Bali’s hotel market, Canggu has seen a proliferation of villas and apartments being built, many of which are off-plan properties. This saturation raises questions about the future of the hotel market in Canggu and the potential for oversupply.

Investors eyeing the Canggu market may need to exercise caution and consider the long-term implications of the current construction boom. While the overall growth in Bali’s hotel sector is encouraging, the dynamics in Canggu could present challenges if the supply of new properties outpaces demand.

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Written by Matt Timmermans

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